Ulster County Real Estate - Tips For Sellers
Clutter eats equity. Most buyers can not visualize the true size of a prospective home’s rooms if they can’t see the walls. Selling your home is not the time to show off your decorating skills. Buyers are not purchasing your furnishings and your personal items do more to distract them than to help them focus on what great features your house has to offer.
In many cases, the internet is the first step for buyers to scout out potential properties. If your home’s photos appear disorganized or overstuffed, your house may be passed by in their search for a new home. Many sellers feel buyers will look past the clutter. This is no longer the case. Instead they just move on to the next picture of an organized, clean home and your chance, your first impression, is lost forever.
Here are a few tips to get you started on a clutter free environment.
Open up the floor space. Too much furniture that creates an obstacle course for buyers to traverse isn’t going to help. Too many pieces of big furniture will crowd the buyers and make them believe even the most spacious of rooms are too small.
Remove too much of anything. Your beloved collections, whether it is books, knick knacks, plants or pillows have to be packed away. Empty off the flat surfaces leaving only a few nondescript decorative pieces. It is important to clear the kitchen counters. Keep only the most used appliances visible. That means storing the rarely used electric knife and waffle iron used only on occasion.
Pare down those overstuffed closets. Yes, it is a known fact that buyers open up all your closets and cupboards. It isn’t a good sign when they open a door only to be buried by a cascading pile of old sweatshirts and tattered sweaters left over from your college days. Or they open the kitchen cupboards anticipating how much space their beloved aunt’s china will be able to be displayed on and all they see are a collection of mismatched mugs labeled from every known business in town. Show off all the storage your house has to offer. It is a big selling point.
Remember buyers are looking to buy the property, not your furnishings. If you are going to be moving, you can either pack up now or wait until when the house is sold and the crunch is on to really get going. So make it easier on yourself and start eliminating and storing all your treasures in preparation for their new home. In the end you will be glad you did.
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This Home Sellers Tip is provided by: Anna Sember, of The Well Dressed House. If you need more information about getting your house showroom ready, call Anna Sember @ 845-657-2545 Office or 914-388-0730 Mobile