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The Organized MoveSelling A Home: Remove Clutter!
Cleaning to show a home may seem like a simple or even unnecessary step. But the process is important. The pictures and mementos that make up our memories only clutter a potential buyer's image of "their" new home. Help make the sale by giving them a fresh view of the home.
Most sellers understand keeping a house clean and picked-up but have difficulty understanding how to really remove clutter. It is more than keeping the house neat. Try some of the following and impress your agent and, more importantly, potential buyers.
The first task I suggest it to pretend you are not the owner or even that you have ever seen the house before. Tour your property both inside and outside and make a list of anything you see that catches your eye and takes away from the homes appeal. These will be offensive to your eye such as toys in the front yard, hoses that are not put away, busy shelves and too many items on the mantel. It could also be stacks of magazines or newspapers.
Don't overlook your garage as this is the place most of us consider as a storage area. Find a friend, neighbor or family member willing to store your boxes and containers. If this is not possible consider renting a storage facility on a short term basis. Selling your home quickly and at a higher price will more than cover the cost.
After making your tours, list and removing your personal item I suspect your real estate agent will still think you have too much in the house. Don't be timid about asking your agent to help point out these final few items. We spend a fair amount of time in homes and have a good feel for which ones show best and why. If you ask, be prepared to accept their suggestions. We are here to help you sell your house, not be critical of your possessions.
If all of this seems more than you want to cope with, consider using a professional stager. They can remove clutter and even help you bring in items that will make your house look like a model home. Again selling quickly and for the best price possible can more than pay for this service.
Like above, consult your agent, they can help you make this decision.
About The Author: Julie Jalone is an experienced professional Realtor serving the needs of both buyers and sellers of residential real estate in the Greater Sacramento, California area. Communities she serves include, Sacramento, Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin, Granite Bay and cities located in Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado, Yolo and Yuba counties. To learn more about Julie and see a complete line of real estate resources visit her site at http://www.jalone.com