Why you MUST de-clut­ter be­fore sell­ing your home

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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?

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