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Junk removal for real estate agents

Help potential buyers envision their new home with these tips.

When putting a home on the market, try to see it through the buyer’s eyes: a misplaced ottoman or a handful of dusty knickknacks can kill a sale. Buyers need to see the potential the home has to be theirs, so make it as clean and spacious as possible. A blank slate is a much easier sell than a crazy coloring page.

All you have to do is remember the three Ps:


Once it’s time to move, leap into action: come by the home for an inspection. During the initial visit, let your client know which parts of your home to enhance and which to hide. Offer a list of quick improvements to make.


Once you have a good idea of which spaces to showcase, ask the client to start the purge process. Smaller rooms always look better with fewer things in them – what can they throw away, recycle or donate? Once you’ve made the less advantageous rooms more appealing, start on the rest of the house and downsize. Not only will decluttering improve your chances of selling the house quickly, it will make moving day that much easier.


There’s no getting around it: cleaning thoroughly is a key component of any moving process. The client should tackle each room individually and look for cracks to fill, walls to wash, and furniture to dust. A quick coat of white paint on floorboards also goes a long way. While you go, decide if there are more superfluous items cluttering the visage, and sell them online, recycle them, or donate them to a local charity.

After you’ve completed the three Ps, chat with the client about staging the home effectively. With fewer items and a gleaming space, you will have a show-ready house that will sell in a flash.

Sarah Gray is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, and sister companies You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. She’s known for her can-do attitude, whether it comes to communications or home improvement projects. Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

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