Clutter eats equity

Home Stager

I tell clients all the time that clutter eats equity. The best way to illustrate my point is with a simple before and after photo:

If clutter is keeping buyers from seeing the potential in your home call Rockland Home Staging today. We can help you weed through the clutter and get your home sold.

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Comments (26)

C. Bartch
Newark, OH

Well Maureen, your photo speaks for itself. What difference in getting rid of the stuff can do. Love how you removed the bakers rack and added seating!

Jul 24, 2009 01:08 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Maureen, You put it well....I wonder if my clients would think again if I put it that way.  Some of them truly do not understand how important the appearence is behind all their old treasured mementos (and the need to remove them if they're selling!).

Jul 24, 2009 02:14 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Really fabulous job!  I know it is a lot of work to box up and remove things that you have collected, or routinely use (my house is currently on the market and I had to do it too) but in the end, your home will sell faster and you'll be able to move on with your life much more quickly!

Jul 24, 2009 04:34 AM
Kate Hart
Hart & Associates Staging and Design - Radnor, PA

it is amazing to see how people live in their homes! great job as usual

Jul 24, 2009 05:45 AM
Kelly Penuita
DecoChic Interiors ~Creating Beautiful Spaces~ Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg, MB

A little editting definitely goes a long way!  It also helps the client get started on their packing!!

Jul 24, 2009 01:39 PM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Night and day difference.... I'm seeing a little pac man type image in my head eating away the clutter...

Jul 24, 2009 01:52 PM
Isabel Gomes
Gomes Design - London, ON
Interior Decorator, Stager - London, Ont

Maureen, your before and after truly exemplify the reason for de-cluttering.  Great work.

Jul 24, 2009 04:21 PM
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

oh MY!  I am so glad that you were able to dig out that window.  I guess clutter eats windows, too!

Jul 25, 2009 03:55 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

picures say a thousand words

Jul 26, 2009 12:25 AM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Hey Maureen, I will be quoting you, when I enter the next home that needs to be cleaned up and staged your phrase "clutter eats equity" will come to mind.

Jul 26, 2009 01:11 AM
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY

Ha Ha Karen!!!

Jul 26, 2009 01:57 PM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Imagine covering up a window! Good job encouraging them to pare down. We have that table and chair set, too, and I love it. The table reminds me of some Barbie furniture I had when I was a girl...

Jul 26, 2009 02:05 PM
Melissa Polce
ERA, Wilkinson Real Estate Charlotte - Huntersville, NC
Lake to Land, I've Got It Covered!

I so agree, less is more...and easier to see!

Jul 27, 2009 05:04 AM
Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
Shows Great Home Staging

you are absolutely right!  What a great example.

Jul 27, 2009 10:44 AM
Kathy Knight
Intracoastal Realty Corp - Wilmington, NC

Staging is so important Maureen - i am convinced of that....

Aug 05, 2009 02:15 PM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Great post. Pictures say everything.  I will not even take a kitchen picture until the countertops are what I call 'minimalized'. Also, rooms have to be clean and sellers MUST remove all extraneous stuff.  I saw new listing pictures yesterday that made me shake my head in disgust. I can't even imagine how the listing agent could have allowed them to be on the internet where 80%+ buyers start their home search. Those pics sent anyone looking at them clicking to the next house.

Aug 21, 2009 05:56 AM
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker

I once asked a client to de-clutter and sugested a storge unit.  He loved the idea.  Apparently not the price. When I returned to stage before beginning showings he had rented a much cheaper POD and it was in the driveway with no plans to be moved.

I was horrified! On the other hand the home was de-clutttered. : )

Sep 23, 2009 01:26 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Great photo to illustrate this point.

It makes all the difference in the world!

Oct 15, 2009 11:50 PM
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

I caught this on a reblog. I do love it! And its dead on advice that I give to any client that needs to pull out the boxes and pack like its sold.

Oct 15, 2009 11:57 PM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

The picture really does help a lot to illustrate the difference, but the lighting is very different also so that played a big role in the second clutter free picture really popping off the screen.

Jan 16, 2010 12:25 AM