New Hampshire Home Stager Reveals Secrets To Selling - Tip #3 Pre-Pack Your Stuff

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boxNew Hampshire Home Stager reveals secrets to selling. 

I understand that dealing with years of accumulation can be overwhelming for you.  But, think about how overwhelming it is for potential buyers to have to look past all your stuff.  You at least have a sentimental attachment to the stuff.  If you want buyers to consider making your house their new home, you need to remove all evidence of you and your family.

If you currently have your house on the market or are planning on selling your house in the near future, then this seven-part series was written for you.

Previous Tips:

Tip #1  Update Lighting Fixtures 

Tip #2  Identify Red Flags

Tip #3  Pre-Pack Your Stuff

It is more commonly known as decluttering.  Supposedly, sellers know they have to "declutter" and yet, the evidence says otherwise.  The mistake most sellers make is in determining what constitutes clutter.  They either don't remove enough or they remove too much, leaving the house cold and vacant.

For best results, hire a professional home stager to tell you what needs to go.

If you intend to prepare your house for sale without professional help, here are some suggestions on reducing some of your clutter.  Remember...you have to deal with this stuff when you move anyways, and if you deal with it sooner instead of later...it can help you sell the house. 

CLOSETS  Pre-packing all off-season clothing, shoes, and accessories will make the closets appear larger.

KITCHEN  Pre-packing all dishes, cookware, and glassware that isn't used daily will make the cabinets appear more spacious.

COLLECTIONS  Having your collections on display is distracting.  Pre-pack them so buyers are looking at the house, not your memorabilia. 

PHOTOGRAPHS  Your goal is to make the house warm, inviting and appealing without any evidence of who actually lives there. 

RELIGIOUS & POLITICAL ITEMS  We want all buyers to feel welcome and at home here. 

 

This study was so cluttered with the sellers photographs and collectables, buyers couldn't appreciate the details of the room.                                                                                            

study beforestudy after

 

This living room obviously belongs to someone...a family is living here and their "stuff" is everywhere.  Once the evidence of the family is removed, you can appreciate the room and it's features.

living room beforeliving room after

 

This dining hutch was cluttered with too much glassware.  The glassware was prepacked and plates were used for a cleaner and more dramatic look.

Dining Room Beforedining after

Stay tuned for Tip #4

 

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Lee and Carol:  Thanks, I appreciate it.  Photos always help sellers to better understand...it's my weapon of choice!

August 18, 2009 04:48 PM
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Really great blog article-and your photos really tell the story! Getting packed is one step ahead of being ready for the offers.  Love the paint in the office-WOW that is sure a lot of bang for the buck! 

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Cathy:  Thank you, you are right, it's all part of being ready to move!

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I always pick up something valuable from your great posts, thanks! 

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Janna:  Good to hear!  Thanks!

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Author Bio: Sharon Tara is a professional Home Stager serving the greater Seacoast New Hampshire area. Sharon specializes in owner-occupied home staging consults to help sellers prepare and present their home for sale.



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