Home Staging Tips for De-cluttering for Your Open House

While your home may be comfortable and beautiful for your family, can a potential buyer see the house that may become their home?  Recently we were called in by John Barrentine to help a family get ready for placing their house on the market.

The house was a lovely setting for any family.  Not overly cluttered, but lived-in.  By simply removing a few extra pieces of furniture, the rooms looked much larger.  In closets, we reviewed items the family did not need until after the move and more space also quickly appeared.  Over-the-door storage units were removed.  While these items may provide extra storage space, a potential buyer will see these and think the closets are not large enough.

Removing all your family photos will allow visitors to have an opportunity to imagine their images on the walls and shelves…thinking “this could be my home”.  And don’t forget, you are not there during the Open House.  Buyers will peep in drawers and cabinets to see if you have enough room.  We quickly reorganized all the bath vanities and other cabinets throughout the home.

Within a week John shared “thank you for helping to get it together over here.  Here now for more showings and just today someone exclaimed ‘wow so organized.  I would love to live this way’.  Seven offers now and more coming.”

Walk through your home as if you were a stranger and realize even a stack of magazines might be a distraction to others.  All the work you do will make the sale quicker, and all that has been packed away for storage is just that much work already done for moving day.


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