Banish Clutter to Sell Your Home Faster!

by Joan E. Diamond 07/28/2019

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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Joan E. Diamond

BUYING A HOME ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND? START HERE Welcome to my website. I am Joan E. Diamond, a Hilton Head Island Real Estate Professional, who has been selling condos and luxury homes on Hilton Head Island since 2010. In 1973 we came to Hilton Head as resort guests and were touched by its beautiful beaches, live oaks, bike trails, tennis and golf facilities, and the friendly family charm of the Low Country. We returned every year until 2006 when we made Sea Pines on Hilton Head our permanent residence. We have watched the island grow and know it well.

I became a realtor on Hilton Head because I love the island and its lifestyle and enjoy showing people this wonderful place to live. I can advise you on restaurants, schools, boat rentals, and places to play golf and tennis. And when you are ready, I will show you condos, and homes in a wide variety of prices. So you, too, can call this island home. 

In 2018 I was certified as a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and awarded Million Dollar Guild recognition based on outstanding performance in our Hilton Head market.