If you’re preparing your home to sell, you already know that it’s important to
declutter. A clean, tidy space allows potential buyers to see the beauty of
your home and to imagine themselves living there. But there is a fine line
between decluttering and denuding – removing too much can leave your
home looking cold and uninviting. Learn the difference and make sure your
buyers feel “at home” in your property.
Decluttering involves carefully removing excess personal items and décor
to create a clean and appealing space. On the other hand, some home
sellers go too far and end up with sterile rooms that lack any warmth or
personality. Buyers aren’t attracted by stark white walls with minimal
furnishing any more than they are by wall-to-wall clutter. Buyers want a
home with style and energy.
As you prepare for showings, start by removing extra “stuff.” Remove
excess items from tabletops, countertops, shelves, and personal items. You
do want a lived-in feel but allow some empty areas that make rooms look
larger and brighter. Once you’ve removed unnecessary items, strategically
return special décor and the occasional family picture or two.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a balance between decluttering and
maintaining the charm and personality of your home. Your buyers are
searching for a family home, so keep some “family” in the mix.
January 5, 2024