New 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.
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.
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.
This dining hutch was cluttered with too much glassware. The glassware was prepacked and plates were used for a cleaner and more dramatic look.
Stay tuned for Tip #4