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Selling Your San Francisco Home? 5 Spaces To Declutter For A Higher Sales Price

Selling your San Francisco home

You’ve decided to sell your San Francisco, California home. Now it’s time to get to work preparing your home to sell. The first major step you can take to prep your home is to declutter. Decluttering is the act of removing and/or organizing items or space. Decluttering your home means going from room to room, removing items, and reorganizing remaining items so that your home is more inviting and appealing to potential buyers. But why take the time to declutter a home you are trying to sell?

Decluttering won’t just make moving easier and less stressful. Decluttering will make it easier for you to deep clean your home and stage your home to sell. Decluttering has been shown to help a house sell faster and at a higher sales price. Homes that are decluttered can fetch an additional $6,523 for the sale of your home. But what areas have the most impact on how buyers view your home? Here are the top five areas to declutter as you prepare to sell your San Francisco, California.


Nothing will deter buyers faster than walking into an overly cluttered and dirty entryway.  Make the buyer’s first step into your home a pleasant one by decluttering the entryway. Clear off your entryway table, lay down a new entryway rug, and remove excess from the entry closet. Remember, storage is high on the priority list for buyers so make closet space obvious.  If your entryway closet is narrow but has quite a bit of depth, remove hanging items to show off depth. If it is a wider closet, leave a few coats to demonstrate the space but keep items off the floor.

Show off the Living Room

Most homebuyers want to visualize themselves relaxing in a comfortable living room. That’s why you need to declutter your living room and stage the space so that it appears comfortable and inviting. Remove unnecessary furniture pieces. Overstuffed poufs, extra side tables, an oversize coffee table, or just too many small chairs will make the room look cluttered and unorganized. Instead limit furniture to a comfortable sofa, a couple of chairs, end tables, and a coffee table. Remove excess shelves, pictures, momentos, magazines, and newspapers. You should also remove excess throw pillows and throw blankets so that they do not overpower the room.

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Keep the Kitchen Simple

Homeowners love ample counter space and even more kitchen storage space. Show off your counters by removing extra appliances, papers, cooking instruments, and decorations. The same is true of your pantry and cupboards. These should be organized to perfection so as to show off just how much storage is available. Finally, declutter your refrigerator. Remove the old bottles of ketchup and salad dressing before you wipe down the entire inside of the refrigerator.

Open up Bedroom Closets

This decluttering task may take a bit of extra time. Most people have dozens of outfits that they never wear, are hoping to eventually wear, or wore at one time and just can’t get rid of.  Set up four boxes in your room; one to keep, one to store for later, one to donate, and one to throw away. Go through each item of clothing and shoes one at a time. Determine which ones you need and which ones you don’t. When you’ve removed excess clothing and shoes, return the necessary clothes to your closet in an organized fashion. Some homeowners group their clothing by colors while others group them by category such as shirts, pants, jeans, sweaters, etc.

Beautify the Bathroom

A bathroom should be a tidy, beautiful serene room. But that won’t ever be the case if there is clutter all over the vanity, around the toilet, and in the linen closet. Start decluttering with the largest storage area which is probably the linen closet. Remove excess towels, wash rags, and hand towels so that there is only one or two of each neatly folded and stacked on the shelves.  If you store your bedding in your bathroom closet you should do the same with blankets, fitted sheets, flat sheets, and pillowcases. Next, remove cleaning supplies, excess toiletries, and extra items like toilet paper. Wipe down the shelves and neatly stack any leftover items. The same process should be completed under the vanity. Finally, remove prescriptions and over-the-counter medications from the medicine cabinet.  Wipe down the shelves and take out anything that is overly personal.

Remember, decluttering is a preparation to make your home an inviting space for buyers.  Decluttering along with a deep clean and professional staging will help you sell your San Francisco home fast and for a great price.

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