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.