Clutter, in its strictest sense, is defined as anything untidy; or in a disorderly state. In real estate, the term is broadened to include unnecessary furniture pieces; unwieldy artwork or collections; stacks of papers and/or magazines; and anything that otherwise restricts the open flow of a homeâ€™s floor plan.
In other words, clutter is anything that distracts from your homeâ€™s natural footprint.
As a home seller in Parkland or Coral Springs , understanding how your homeâ€™s clutter can affect a buyer is paramount to helping your home sell faster, and at a higher contract price.
First, thereâ€™s the psychological angle. A potential home buyer may see clutter and think â€œmessâ€. Few people want to buy a house they find messy or otherwise disorganized.
Second, thereâ€™s the practical angle. A home that appears full of â€œthingsâ€ also appears as if its lacking in storage space. This, too, can turn off buyers.
When you list your home for sale, here are basic tips to de-clutter your home. Some of this advice may not be practical with respect to your home, in particular, so make sure to ask your real estate agent for follow-up help.
You should also consider removing distinctive artwork from your walls, or replacing pieces with items that are more bland.
The over-reaching goal of de-cluttering is to depersonalize and neutralize your home so a buyer can visualize himself/herself living there. De-cluttering your home can also make your home appear larger, accentuating the features of each room.
Itâ€™s no wonder that minimally-cluttered homes tend to have a wider appeal among buyers.
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