Remove your clutter. Organize items into piles that can be thrown away, given away or stored. Too much furniture can crowd a room when packing. If you're still showing your house to potential buyers, consider storing some of your furniture until moving day.
Too much furniture can make a room feel crowded, so consider storing some of your furniture until moving day.
Packing up your extra stuff is a great opportunity to declutter–and decluttering is one of the experts' best tips for selling your home.
If it doesn't fit, is broken or not used, throw it out.
Collect items that you need to return to friends or family.
Have a moving sale. People will come and haul away what you don't want. Also, some charities will pick up unwanted items (Note: be sure to get a receipt for tax purposes).
After you've decided what items you want to keep, it's time to pack. Number the boxes and have a "cheat sheet" so you know what items are in each numbered box.
Take a room-by-room inventory, including original purchase price and year of purchase. Write down all of the serial numbers and model numbers of electronics. Take photos of each item or use a video camera to create a home inventory video.
Share your home inventory with your insurance agent. Store your inventory in a fireproof box or safety deposit box.
Use the following tips for a clutter-free house:
Whether you store your possessions at your home or in a rental unit, be sure to follow these storage tips:
Decluttering has a huge impact on how well your home shows at an open house. Putting personal items in storage is one of the best showing tips for selling a home. Remove the clutter, store some of the furniture, and neatly organize and display what's left.