My Very First Blog - Getting Rid of the Clutter

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Advantage Realty

A client from Vancouver called and asked me to sell her father's condo in Toronto.   I said, of course, I would be glad to help.  The next day I met her at his place.  What I saw was horrifying... Actually, more to the point was what I couldn't see:  the counters, the floors, the tables, the closets, the shelving.  There was so much clutter that you basically couldn't see ANYTHING!!   I told her that before we could even think of listing the unit we had to de-clutter it.   For four days the two of us worked at getting rid of anything and everything that wasn't absolutely needed.  We made dozens of trips to the recycling and garbage bins and as many trips to Goodwill.  Then, with a fresh coat of paint and clean carpets, the condo looked gorgeous and ready to sell.

Potential Buyers may have a hard time seeing what could, under better circumstances, be the right place for them.   They are so busy looking at the Seller's "stuff" that they can't see the unit itself.  So, if you're looking to sell your home, get rid of everything! 

I will help organize and de-clutter your home.  It's all part of my service.  I want you to get the most money you can and attract the most potential buyers possible... and I am more than willing to help you make your home spotless and clutter free!

Thank you for reading my very first blog!  Also, thanks to Elyse Berman of Delray Beach, Florida, for inviting me to join Active Rain.  If you have pets and are looking for a place to live in South Florida, Elyse is the one to call.  And thanks to Kristi and Abe at Active Rain for helping me get my blog going.

I'll write again soon!

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Julie Strassman, Realtor

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Comments (12)

Michele Sims
Affinity Real Estate, LLC - Alamogordo, NM

Congrats on your first blog! 

Clutter is very distracting to buyers! Glad your seller listended and did what needed to be done! All that hard work will pay off.  

Jan 10, 2012 05:27 AM
Kathy Akers, ABR, CRS, GRI, PSA
Fathom Realty NC LLC - Rocky Mount, NC
Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor

Congratulations on your first blog.  What a great service to offer your sellers by helping them declutter.  It's that point of difference that we need to set us apart, and AR is one of those things as well.

Happy blogging!

Jan 10, 2012 05:32 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Julie,  Your very first post looks great!  I'm so proud of you for taking the first step in blogging.  De-cluttering is so important.  It's much easier for buyers to visualize themselves living in the home if they can actually see the home!  

Jan 10, 2012 05:52 AM
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Berkshire Hathaway HS Robert Paul Prop

Congrats on your first blog. You can now add author to your list of things you do besides show homes.

Jan 10, 2012 06:11 AM
Stefanie Cohen, PA
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Cooper City, FL
"I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows"

Julie - Congratulations on your first blog and welcome to Active Rain! I am fairly new at blogging and also a friend of Elyse's! De-cluttering is an important topic, so thank you for your post :)

Jan 10, 2012 08:57 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Welcome to Active Rain.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 10, 2012 01:45 PM
Julie Strassman
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - Toronto, ON

I'm very new at this, and not entirely sure if this is the place where I should be writing,  but I would like to thank you all for your kind responses to my first blog.  I'd like to thank you personally, and when I find out how to do that I will.  In the meantime, thanks again.  I'm so happy to be on Active Rain.

Jan 11, 2012 05:26 AM
John Cocomile
Soho Mortgage Ltd - Toronto, ON

Wow...great blog!!! You write very well, BigShot!!!!



Jan 11, 2012 08:41 AM
John Cocomile
Soho Mortgage Ltd - Toronto, ON

I'm sorry to hear about your soaker tub (or lack of), Julie. And I hate to say it, but it might be hard to get a bigger one in there - deeper perhaps, but not longer or wider. Have a great day!!

Jan 12, 2012 01:55 AM
Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

Happy New Year, Way to start the Year the right way!  I wanted to say hello and CONGRATS!!! On joined ActiveRain, You have made a GREAT Choice!!!!!  I have been a member for over 2 years now and it has been amazing for me and my business check out my blog. I would also suggest that you visit the ActiveRain University where there is ways to help you build your Blog, and your skills as a blogger. 

I would like to add you to my network Check out my Profile and Please add me to your network and I will ad mine to yours, also, if you need any help please feel free to call me or email me.  I offer this because I also want to get to know you and when I have a referral I know a person in your city so I can send YOU Business!

Again, feel free to contact me if you need any help with ActiveRain.

Thank you,

Jan 21, 2012 01:02 AM
Julie Strassman
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - Toronto, ON

Hi, Ken! I've already emailed you, but I want to thank you, again, for commenting on my blog.  You're a member of ActiveRain AND a Keller Williams agent... could there be a nicer combination?  I think not!

Thanks again, for your kind words and your advice. 

And if I have a client who needs a home your way, I will definitely lead them to you.


Jan 27, 2012 01:25 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

DeCluttering can be hard for people who have been in their home for few years.To older sellers who've lived in a home for their entire adult life, it may feel impossible. Add to it emotional resistance they are experience. I'd recommend to start one room at a time or bring a professional stagger or space organizer. 

Dec 11, 2017 07:52 PM