Consider calling in a Home Stager to help you. With a Home Selling Consultation, the staging representative will help you view your home from a buyer's perspective, choose what to pre-pack, help to arrange each room to look it's best and show the most space, decide what upgrades or changes to make, if any, and possibly bring in a few items that you may be missing so that you home will show it's very best.
Keep in mind, there is MUCH competition these days, and those homes that make a great first impression are those that are SOLD!
I have been speaking to a friend who is looking for a home and she and her husband are amazed at the difference in the homes that have been staged, and those that are not. Also, people are looking for "move in ready" homes, so it is essential for sellers to get their homes looking tip top!
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I think JW has solved the issue.
However, it is somewhat a timeless question.
Yes, de-cluttering is important, but not for the reason given.
A knowledgeable REALTOR can see past the clutter, confusion and disorganization. However, seeing such things may suggest to the REALTOR your level of commitment to the process is less than 100%. Helping you sell your home is a team effort. Without both the owner and REALTOR being on the same page, striving for the same outcome, the journey can be distressing.
DE-Clutter to show you ARE planning to move.
When you home is listed, de-cluttering will be essential to get you the best price.
I always do a walk-through at the first meeting (pre-listing) to get an idea of selling-features and points of the home, as well as make suggestions to the home-owner that would put the home in a better "selling" position. Homes that are cluttered do not feel as "homey" or well-taken care of and can definitely turn a buyer off. The rule of thumb is that if you have not touched it in ten days...box it up and stack it neatly in the garage (this is especially true of your kitchens and bathrooms). No one wants to see your toothbrush, toiletries, or water bottles in the kitchen. Clear those counters off (it also gives the illusion of more counter space), and allow the potential buyer to see the features of your "home"...not your clutter. :)
-Amy S. Arey, Realtor
Halo Group Realty, LLC
house nets more.
They make that promise, then persuade me to list it a couple of thousand higher because everything will cleaned and repaired in the week before the listing has to go into the computer.
Then they do nothing, or almost nothing. They have lives, they have jobs, or kids, or something else that they would rather do. At that point I've got an overpriced listing, not by much, maybe 1% over. But now my job is 50% harder. The internet photos don't look as good as they should, the open houses and the showings are less impressive to the people who come. Then I have to hire a cleaning crew.
We have all had this experience, so when we see a cluttered house at listing appointment, we sense there will not be much change afterwards.
Oh, I forgot one other think, -- If you are of the " interview 3 Realtors " school, then even if you do spruce the place up, two of your neighborhood experts are going to remember the mess they saw, and be less likely to show it to their "fussy buyers"
Most of the Realtors I work with have an idea of how they'd like the house to look and will advise you to clean (white glove clean) and de-clutter at the very least.
I'd be happy to answer some more specific questions ( no charge) if that will help.
Karen Negrete, ASP, IAHSP, IRIS
Transform Your Home
If you are talking about anything more then decluttering I would suggest you look on the Home Staging site (ASP) to find someone in your area that can really pinpoint what you can do to improve your home and get it into showcase condition.
Then once the agent comes in to talk to you about price they will not know what the house looked like before the home had it's transformation. Then they will tell you what's a good price you should list your home at.
Hope that helps.
I hope that helps!