You've made the decision to sell your home and now what? Whether it is financial, divorce, down sizing or selling your parent (s) home it is a big emotional decision and now you have to get it ready to sell. It is important to know that there is "living" and there is "selling". You live in your home totally different than you live in a house that you're trying to sell. The two should never be confused and you shouldn't get offended when your Realtor suggests you de-clutter your prize possession...you home. Clean lines and open spaces are what most buyers are looking for in today's market. The buyer can not feel claustrophobic when they enter your home. Take down 90% of your family photos, remove any extra furniture, pack up all knick-knacks and magazines. Bookshelves can also be a huge distracter. If your shelves are loaded with books and trinkets, collections, etc remove them. Balance book shelves so they are symmetrical. You don't want the eye to go immediately to the book shelves when a buyer walks into the room. Bathrooms need to look like a 4-Seasons Hotel room. Put everything under the counters or in the cabinets. Put out fresh towels.
The main objective is to let the rooms breath. Remember less is more and the objective is to get the highest dollar that the market can bear in the shortest amount of time. A good Realtor will walk you through each room and tell you lovingly what you need to get rid of or put up temporarily. Do not be offended! Listen carefully and do exactly as she/he says. They are out there in the field, knowexactly what the buyers are looking for and they have your best interest at heart! And if you don't know where to begin, consider hiring someone to help. My name is Elena Monaco owner of EM Organized LLC and you can reach me at 914-906-7704 www.emorganizedllc.net This too shall pass with alittle help.