Banish Clutter to Sell Your Home Faster!

by Judy White 12/08/2019

Two of the most important ingredients in a successful house-marketing campaign are competitive pricing and making a great first impression on prospective buyers. Although your real estate agent can assist in achieving both of those goals, keeping your home in "show ready" condition will be up to you and your family.

When your home is actively being shown, the process is not unlike a job interview. The main similarity is that you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. Potential buyers have a mindset that's similar to that of a hiring manager: They are intensely focused on making the right decision. Since the last thing they want to do is make the wrong choice (or a less-than-optimal choice) it's up to you -- the home seller-- to present your home in its best possible light.

Other than keeping your home squeaky clean and your lawn looking as manicured as possible, it's also to your benefit to reduce clutter. A house that's filled with clutter will definitely send the wrong message to prospective buyers searching for their next home. Clutter takes many forms, so it often requires a concerted effort to identify and remedy it. Here are a few key areas to focus on:

Furniture clutter: Having too much furniture in a room or entryway can give visitors the impression that your home is cramped, too small, or disorganized. If you've had a tendency to add furniture to your home, over time -- without putting some pieces in storage -- then you may have inadvertently created a cluttered "look and feel" to your living space

Surface clutter: Have you ever noticed how things that belong in drawers, cabinets, and recycling bins often end up on tables, counter tops, and bookshelves? If that's taking place in your home, rest assured you're not alone! However, if you're preparing to put your home on the market, you'll make a much better impression on potential buyers if you remove as much surface clutter as possible.

Storage-area clutter: Although there's a lot of truth to the saying "Out of sight, out of mind," that usually doesn't apply to preparing your home for the real estate market! Serious house hunters are pretty thorough, and are generally going to glance in closets, basements, attics, and garages. So if you simply move your clutter to another part of the house, it will still be noticed! Granted, your clutter will be less prominent in storage areas, but it will still have a detracting effect on the overall impression your home makes. The solution involves a combination of strategies, including selling or donating unwanted belongings. In some cases, you might even consider renting a dumpster or calling a reasonably priced junk-hauling service to get rid of things you don't want and can't donate, sell, or give away.

It's not always easy to be objective when staging your home or evaluating its marketability, so an experienced real estate agent can provide you with invaluable guidance, advice, negotiating help, and marketing assistance

About the Author
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Judy White

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I am known for "out of the box" approaches, offering clients a unique experience packed with high energy service. A background in design, marketing and public relations has been a critical foundation for my success in real estate. Extremely knowledgeable in the fluctuations of the Denver metro front range market. I pride myself in offering my clients an enjoyable, professional real estate experience, unlike any other. I realize that the opportunity is not about me, but about my clients. In a world of talkers, my best attribute, far and away, is as a listener, then digesting what the client wants/needs, and then providing the best realistic solution. No sugar coating, just the facts, then the results. I am able to assimilate what I hear into a cogent, effective marketing program. I fully understand the beauty of uniqueness and I am prepared to market your "secret gem" or locate your "secret gem" to its fullest potential.

Whether a primary residence, or investment property, my knowledge of the market is a tremendous asset to making sound decisions, whether representing a Buyer, Seller, or both. I always follow statistics and market trends with a greater understanding of the market climate as well as buyer/seller behaviors, ultimately resulting in a successful transaction.

I also carry the following National Assn of Realtors Designations:

CRS--Certified Residential Specialist (top 4% nationwide Realtors)

REBAC--Member in good standing, Real Estate Buyers Agency Council

GRI--Graduate Realty Institute

SRES--Senior Real Estate Specialist

5280 Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent--6 years in a row