Article 2 – Getting Your Home Ready for a Sale


You’ve probably heard that before you ell you MUST de-clutter. But why? Is it REALLY important? Some reasons why:

  • Too much stuff in a room simply makes it look smaller. Buyers love large, spacious rooms
  • De-cluttering will also de-personalise your home. By removing your personal clutter, your buyers can more easily imagine themselves living there. This allows them to focus on the house rather than be distracted by your personal belongings.
  • Potential buyers love homes with lots of storage. They do look in side cupboards, drawers, etc., its vital that you clear out all unnecessary clutter and show of as much storage  as you can. – Common items that need to go: Groups of Small Decorator Items, Personal Collections, Books, Religious Icons, Artwork, Cleaning & Maintenance Items
  • Start With A Plan
  • Make the Time
  • Use the 5 Bin System – Bin 1 – Throw Away; Bin 2 – Charity, Bin 3 – Sell, Bin 4 – Keep for Now & Bin 5 – Keep for Later.
  • Remember Why You Are De-Cluttering – “Clutter Eats Cash”


Author: Dianne Ray

I have almost thirty years in business management in the hospitality, tourism, hospitality, real estate and service industries and in education as a teacher in secondary schools and TAFE Colleges. I was born in the Western District in Victoria, my schooling was in Hamilton and Melbourne and my Tertiary Education was at Melbourne and Monash Universities. My family consists of 4 sons, 3 daughter in laws and 5 grandchildren. Over the last 9 years I made my home in Noosa, Queensland and since February 2011 have moved to Brighton, a suburb of Brisbane and contract to 2nd Avenue Realty as a licensed real estate agent. Selling residential property in the the Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Brighton, Deagon, Bracken Ridge and other areas. I also sell and market boutique accommodation properties, such as Bed & Breakfasts,Self contained Cottages around Australia on Over my life time I have travelled extensively throughout Australia and numerous times overseas. My interests are obviously travel, all aspects of sport especially golf, outdoor pursuits, fine dining, appreciation of wine and love meeting people. I gained my Bachelor of Education and taught secondary and TAFE students for a number of years and studied for my Masters in Business Administration. I have been self employed for the last 20 years comprising owning and operating an exclusive 4.5 star B&B; established an e-commerce business involving the hospitality and accommodation industry; in selling, marketing, training workshops, relief service and management. I changed my career path ten years ago and concentrated on real estate and business broking. I am a licensed real estate agent in Queensland. My involvement in real estate has been very satisfying and I enjoy the interaction with the buyers and sellers. In my role as a real estate agent, I am able to effectively fulfil the needs of clients and this is my passion, and to use my skills to obtain a win/win situation for everyone involved. I believe in the old traditional values of respect, integrity and genuineness and I am very passionate about helping people with their needs and I focus on listening to and genuinely helping my clients. I am a very honest, natural outgoing person who enjoys life to the fullest “My mission is to live with integrity and compassion and to make a positive difference in the lives of others”