As North West London estate agents, London Residential often advises clients on how to prepare their property for the open market, and decluttering is a re-occurring theme.
While vendors are rarely surprised when asked to streamline mantlepieces, scale back mountains of scatter cushions on beds and tidy away piles of shoes in hallways, many overlook outside areas when presenting their property.
The mantra of 'less is more' applies to garages and sheds as well as kitchens and bathrooms. Yes, it may take more time to tackle an outbuilding but it will pay dividends in more ways than one.
Prospective buyers are bound to look in a garage to assess its size and storage capacity. A garage that's overflowing with dusty gym equipment, car parts, old bikes and paint tins will send the message that there's not quite enough storage for the residents. Ditto a shed. A thorough declutter will leave your garage or shed looking organised, spacious and impressive.
Decluttering outside will also lighten the load when it comes to actually moving home - you'll save time packing fewer items and a smaller volume to physically move, reducing professional removal and labour costs.
Have a read of this article if you have a jam-packed garage or a shed with too much surplus. London Residential's advice is to start any decluttering as early in the moving process as possible.
The key to decluttering outside spaces is to do it in small chunks, advises upcycling expert Alexandra Campbell.