Decluttered or Antiseptic?

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Real Estate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Decluttered or Antiseptic?

It never ceases to amaze me how we all have different views of what is considered best show condition of a home.  Most times, a seller defaults to having more clutter than a listing agent would like.  After all, we all get blind to our every day stuff.  You know.  The coffee maker, toaster and blender on the counters are practically invisible to those that use them daily.  The stacks of magazines, remote controls and coasters on the coffee table are another area of invisibility.

Can you go too far the other direction and be so decluttered that your home feels antiseptic and sterile?  I definitely think so.

I once ran into a home owner that would probably have been quite at home in a contemporary home decorated in all black and white.  Nothing anywhere.  No towels in the bathrooms.  No stuff on the counters or tables.  In fact, the less furniture the better.  When it came time to list her home, she wanted the bathrooms and many of the rooms to appear vacant.  There were some rooms with no color anywhere.  The bathrooms, for instance, just felt cold and empty.  I suggested hanging some warm colored towels and a coordinating shower curtain.  The home owner cringed.  It would take from the whole minimalist look.  Unfortunately, the minimalist look doesn't seem homes because most people needto feel the warmth of furnishings welcoming them.

If you are selling your home and are unsure how to put your homes most welcoming foot forward, I recommend connecting with professional stager.  They've got the art of decluttering, yet remaining welcoming down to a science.  They know how to place furnishings you have to maximize the benefits of your floor plan.  They can truly make a home feel so welcoming a buyer won't want to leave.

 

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Sharon Parisi
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It is amazing what a few pieces of furniture,a few accessories, and a pop of color can do to make a home look less sterile.

April 08, 2012 12:28 PM
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Norma Toering
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Too sterile is too close to the same feel as a vacant house--a few warm and inviting pieces whisper 'home' in a buyer's ear.

April 08, 2012 04:48 PM
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Gita:  Unless there's no way around it and it has to be vacant.  But when you are still living in the home, removing all furnishings from certain rooms feels too cold.

Dick:  I'm sure that sterile look is appealing to some, but very few.

Sharon:  It is, and home sellers are always amazed.

Norma:  So many buyers think looking at vacant home is easier, but it's not.  They have no clue how big the furniture can be in any room, or what the home would feel like once they've got their stuff there.  It's really not so easy.

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I remember one of my homes I sold back in the 90s. I had removed everything from the house. It looked so horrible and bare that I actually bought towels and rugs for the bath and framed artwork for the living room. Plus, I brought back a dining room table.

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Elizabeth:  That's the way to do it!  I remember once I decluttered my condo and had it staged, I didn't want to sell it.  It was so freakin' cute!

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