De-clutter - Sellers hear it on TV, in magazines, and from their realtors. Before putting their house on the market, de-cluttering is a must. But, how do you know what, and how much to remove? Is there a fine line between minimal and bare? A home staging specialist has the answers and will share them with sellers. Some sellers want to do the work themselves, so a home staging consultation fits their needs. And, others will hire a stager do the job.
Here is an example of de-cluttering gone too far.
Following the advice of their realtor, the sellers de-cluttered the living room. However, they went too far. The room feels cold, unwelcoming, and non functional with only a sofa and a TV in the corner of the room to the left of the fireplace. It lacks personality even though the house has a lot of old charm. Buyers’ eyes go straight to the wedding photo and comment on that, rather than the fireplace, which should be the focal point in the room.
It leaves questions in buyer’s minds. How will we entertain if there is only room for a sofa? There is only seating for three. Will this function for our lifestyle? They stop, turn around, and they move on to view the next house.
With the addition of 2 small-scaled chairs, the room now has functional seating for 5. The pillow and throw cover add personality to the room, and repeat the colors found in the art above the mantle and, in the art above the sofa. The fireplace is now the focal point. The room feels spacious yet cozy. It draws buyers in to see more.
Sharon McConnell, Park Ave Home Staging & Redesign, solved the problem of de-cluttering gone too far with simple and inexpensive fixes.