Do Sellers Not Bother to Declutter Their Homes Anymore?
I was showing houses in Clayton over the weekend to my client and one house after the next was a shambles! Not just some stuff left out or a few toys scattered around, I’m talking full on... “we do not want to sell our house” It was insane, now when I’m showing houses in Clayton and beyond to my buyers I am not surprised anymore, every day there is something new, baffled yes surprised no.I can tell when the sellers are trying and especially with young people its hard, sometimes I will show a house and they couldn't’ get it ready in time, I understand that, but a sink full of dishes, every single closet and storage area (including the basement) was jam packed with stuff, half finished projects on a work table...why’d ya start it in the first place if you’re selling? The basketball hoop in the path leading to the front door making us walk in the mud is bad also. One house we saw has been on the market for three years so I guess they have just thrown in the towel and hope people will be able to see past all their stuff....they won’t!
Now I know putting your house on the market is never easy, in fact it’s a pain, but you either have to, or want to sell it, so you might as well get it ready. Get rid of the clutter it makes rooms look smaller, it sends a bad signal to buyers, it makes for bad pictures and forget doing a video, you’ll end up going viral for all the wrong reasons ( your Clayton Realtor did a video right? I mean a real video not a virtual tour of pictures...No!). Get a storage unit, there are a number of companies that offer pods that they will drop off at your house, you fill them up with the stuff you never use and they take it away and store it for you. Clutter is hard to clean and it attracts dust bunnies, so now your house is dirty in the eyes of potential buyers and thats a no no.
Do clutter filled houses sell? Some do, here’s the thing though you only get one shot at making a first impression and thats the pictures your Realtor takes because that is how people find homes on the Internet that they want to see. People make split decisions when they are looking at houses online and you want to keep them looking at your house the longest, not getting turned off by rooms full of stuff, they will literally skip to the next house and you have failed to keep their attention and the potential to show them a feature of the house they might love. What if there is a house very similar to yours in price, size, number of bedrooms and one is clean, bright and clutter free and the other is full of junk, which house do you think people will choose?
When it comes time to sell your home in Clayton plan ahead, have a yard sale in fact have multiple yard sales, get rid of stuff you haven’t used in years, make donations at Goodwill, stop buying stuff. Don’t put it up in the attic or in the garage that’s the same as leaving it in the living room.
After you have all the clutter out of the house its not a bad idea to have a professional cleaning company come in and spruce it up, then call a Realtor and have them come and take pictures and don’t let them come when its cloudy, bright and clean is what keeps people looking at the pictures, they are imagining their stuff in there.
Call me when it’s sunny and I will help you sell your Clayton,NC home.
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