Everyone knows they have to de-clutter when selling their home. But has anyone defined what declutter means? Or how much it’s worth?
Honestly, when I look at some people’s houses, I think their main motivation is to buy another home is to get out of the mess they’re in – literally! Keep this in mind!
When buyers are looking at property, you need to show them as much space as you possibly can. That means lots of walking space as well as lots of storage space, and you need visual space most of all.
Solid, smooth services show best. Table tops, counter tops, stove tops, fridge tops, dressers, trunks, etc, all need to be as free of things sitting on top of them as possible. The cute little teddy bear sitting on the trunk at the end of your son’s bed visually gets in the way of what else might go there that belongs to the prospective Buyer. The smooth, uncluttered trunk top can actually portray the space far better than it does if something is sitting on top of it. Better still - if the room is not generously large, pack away the trunk and leave room for someone to walk past the bed without altering their path or stubbing a toe. It makes the room feel much larger.
The same goes with your coffee table in the family room. Make the top of it void of everything – don’t even place the nice tidy stack of magazines on top to show this is a comfortable place to sit and read. Prospective Buyers may simply see another pile of magazines that need to be recycled, or something that will land on the floor when her cat leaps on the table. Better to keep the table top smooth and void of props.
Forget the myth that empty houses don’t sell. They sure do. Often more readily than furnished houses. People actually tell me they prefer to look at empty houses because they can see where their furniture can be placed.
In storage closets, it’s much better to see smooth, solid sides of organized boxes than a lot of individual items ready to be packed away. It’s a visual thing. Remember – smooth solid surfaces are best.And the worth – well, if your property looks like you care, it feels better. The offer you get is probably $5,000 - $10,000 higher for a tidy house and the time frame to sell is often drastically reduced.