Declutter And Sell February 2021

When the stamp duty holiday comes to a close, it is inevitable there will be a drop-off in demand for homes.

There is a lot of uncertainty in the country right now, for various reasons, and this is reflected in the housing market.

There will still be property sales taking place, but if you are selling your home, you will need to work hard to ensure your home stands out for all the right reasons.

Time for a spring clean?

Given we have been in lockdown for most of 2021 so far, it is likely you have spent a lot of time at home. You probably want to freshen up the house, and make some changes.

Spring is coming, and this is the ideal time to carry out a spring clean. Also, if you plan on selling your home, there is no better time than right now to be proactive, and to make changes to your house.

At HoldenCopley, we are firm believers in the importance of decluttering your home before placing it onto the market.

Decluttering your home before listing it for sale delivers the following benefits:

  • Your home will look larger, which should make it more attractive to prospective buyers

  • The process adds perceived value to your property

  • A decluttered home offers fewer distractions to prospective buyers

  • A decluttered property helps prospective buyers imagine themselves in the home

Before you start, it is helpful to know what causes the clutter in your home.

What is the main source of your home’s clutter?

A 2019 study indicated the most common types of clutter:

  • Sentimental items said by 26%

  • Papers named by 25%

  • Clothing listed by 21%

  • Toys/Leisure items named by 15%

  • Books cited by 7%

  • Electronics named by 3%

  • Other as said by 2%

You don’t need to be in the process of selling your home to benefit from the decluttering process.

A study in 2019 asked people what motivates them to declutter their home, and give their house a spring clean. The following answers were recorded:

  • To reduce stress or act as a mood booster – cited by 35%

  • To create a minimalism style at home or to help build sustainability – cited by 21%

  • More space was needed around the home – said by 19%

  • To refresh the property for the spring season – listed by 12%

  • To increase productivity – named by 6%

  • To find and then sell unused items – cited by 6%


You might receive a benefit in a reduction in your shopping habits after you have decluttered your home.

The same study also uncovered people’s thoughts on their shopping habits after the decluttering process:

  • 5% of respondents said they stopped shopping after decluttering their home

  • 34% of respondents said they shopped less often after decluttering their property

  • 30% said they shopped more mindfully after decluttering their house

  • 30% said there was no change to their shopping behaviour after decluttering their home

  • 1% of respondents said they shop more now after having decluttered their property

If you are looking to sell your home in, or around, Nottingham, get in touch, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

We offer property management, property to rent and property for sale in Arnold, Woodthorpe, West Bridgford, Hucknall, Carlton, Wilford, Mapperley and throughout the Nottingham area. If you would like to arrange an appointment to help you negotiate the local buy-to-let market, please contact Holdencopley today by calling us on 01158969800 or emailing