Why you MUST de-clutter before selling your home
Question: My agent suggested that I declutter my home to help it sell. Is it really worth the effort?
Answer: Yes. De- cluttering, depersonalizing, simplifying, and tidying can have tremendous impact on facilitating sale, and is often the easiest (and most costeffective) way to make a home show better.
We want prospective buyers to see your home – not your stuff. Buyers will likely have a hard time envisioning themselves in a property if they are overwhelmed by the sellers’ clutter. Sellers who have been reluctant to de- clutter have said to me on occasion, “It would take so much effort to get rid of all this stuff.”
I remind them that once their home goes under contract, they will likely start the process of packing and moving anyway. If they simplify the space now (store items elsewhere, or throw them away), they could potentially enable the home to show better and possibly realize a higher selling price. Since you are going to be moving items when your home sells, wouldn’t it make more sense to potentially benefit monetarily with a higher offer and/or quicker sale?