The One Simple Task That Helps Sell Your Home
People who list their home want to sell it fast. Sellers often hear of or read tips to improve their chances of a quick sell. Some like to try staging their homes. Some believe in the power of feng shui. I’ve even heard of people baking chocolate chip cookies right before a showing to create the ambiance and smell of home. All these tips might help, but I believe one of the most important tasks is to declutter your home.
The definition of clutter is a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass. After living in a home for a while, one tends to overlook the clutter that has accumulated. There may be a massive collection of magnets on your refrigerator or a pile of magazines under your end table that you’ve gotten used to seeing. Sellers should remove these items before their first showing. While the wall of family photos might seem homey to you, buyers may view the wall as tacky or out of style. Remember, sellers are trying to sell their house, not their decorating style.
My suggestion for sellers is to go through their home room by room and decide what needs to go. Look at your kitchen counters. Remove any unnecessary items and store them if needed. This will create the look of more counter space. Go through your closets and purge items that are no longer needed. Organize the remaining items. In your bathrooms, store all your personal items and remove used towels before showings. Look at the large collection of candles on your bookshelf and consider reducing the number or removing all of them. Do you in fact have a wall of photos? Perhaps remove these photos and replace them with one nice piece of artwork.
Decluttering your home will not only help your chances of selling, but it will make showing your home easier. You won’t have to spend as much time cleaning up, and you can be better prepared for a short-notice showing appointment. Anticipate the sale, and be thinking of moving on to your next endeavor!
If you’d like more information about listing your home, feel free to contact me at GHuresky@LivSothebysRealty.com or (970) 209-2421.