I write this a couple of years ago and it has been a popular article. Real estate professionals often talk about “decluttering” a home before it is put on the market but what is clutter? Here are some examples:
We always advise home sellers to clean and declutter before putting a home on the market, but what is clutter? We don’t all define clutter the same way. I define it as “stuff” that distracts potential home buyers.
The stuff keeps potential buyers from seeing the beauty of the home. Here are a few items that become clutter once the home is for sale:
- Family photos.
- Wall calendars.
- Refrigerator magnets.
- Too many house plants, real or fake.
- Too many books
- Throw rugs
- Extra dining room chairs
- Large ottomans
- Large coffee tables
- Extra end tables
- Collections of almost anything
The important thing to remember is that it is alright to use our homes anyway we see fit but when it comes to selling a home it is all about marketing. Women, in particular, react negatively to “clutter”. Less really is more and when in doubt, leave it out. The general idea is to make the space look larger and a bit more generic.
My list is only partial and has the most common items that I ask homeowners to remove from rooms. Homes that are not decluttered sell too. The list is aimed at the homeowners that want to go that extra mile and put some effort into getting the most money for their home in the least amount of time.
The longer people have lived in a home the harder it is for them to de-clutter. As a service to my clients, I go through their homes before they put them on the market and make suggestions.