Home Selling 101: De-clutter

If you are planning on selling your home this fall now is the perfect time to de-clutter your home.  Here are a few savvy tips for de-cluttering your home.


  • A great way to get rid of things in your home that you no longer use or want is to invite your friends and family over to look through it. Your sister for instance may have had her eye on your collection of vases for a very long time and by letting her have them you may be creating a stronger bond with her all the while cleaning your house of items you no longer need.
  • Having a yard sale to de-clutter your home is always a good idea. Folks love to attend yard sales and many folks attend them on a regular basis. One suggestion, if you decide to de-clutter via yard sale, do not put prices on your items. Putting prices on your yard sale items is basically a waste of time. You can easily talk about a reasonable price with a customer once they have shown interest in an item. If you have the items priced many times the potential customer will not even let you know they are interested in purchasing the item because they think you have it priced too high.
  • Donating your household items to charity is a great way to not only get a tax benefit but to help people in need. If you want to go a step further in this process you can ask if you can hand out items for free to those who come in for help. You may be surprised at just how good it feels to help those less fortunate than yourself.
  • If you have some time on your hands and you don’t have to worry about getting your house on the market quickly, you can always sell your items on EBay. You may get more money this way but it can take a bit longer than the other ideas.

Hopefully this list of savvy tips for getting rid of your unwanted household items will help you on your way to a more streamlined home. Again, whether you are planning to stay in your home for a few more years or you are planning to put it on the market, cleaning things out is always a great feeling!

Information courtesy of Chicago Real Estate Expert Karen Breen Elia.


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