Clutter's Effect on Denver Home Values

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Real Estate Agent with The Bandy Team - EXP Realty

Home ValuesChances are good that potential home buyers have viewed a lot of properties in Denver. They’ve seen nice paint, great hardwood floors—and clutter. How they feel about that clutter will depend on why they want a home.

 

Buyers hunting for a bargain or looking for a resale investment might find the clutter exciting. Cluttered homes don’t “show well” in most cases, so the buyer might be able to pick up the property with a below-value offer.

 

It’s the same for buyers trying to find their first Denver home. Clutter makes a statement that this property could be purchased for a price within their existing budget or possibly for even less.

 

Those who seek their “forever home” will translate clutter to mean lots of cleaning once they move in and a good deal of maintenance thereafter, and this will likely kill their interest in buying it.

 

Denver home sellers need to remember that a cluttered property spends more time on the market and often sells below value. Clutter can decrease a buyer’s perception of size, air and light within the home and also suggests that it has not been well-maintained.

 

To really grab the interest of Denver home buyers, get rid of the clutter before you start showing your property. Put things in boxes and store them in your neighbor’s garage or in a local storage unit. Have your agent help you find a professional stager to make the home really stand out.

 

Remember the seller’s golden rule: clean, neat homes sell faster and for a higher price no matter what the perspective of the potential buyer.

 

Let the professionals at the Bandy Team help you buy or sell a Denver home, contact us for a no-obligation consultation. If you’re thinking about buying a home in Denver, we can show you some terrific properties in Denver, including homes in Denver Highlands and real estate in Washington Park (also known as Wash Park). You may also be interested in horse property in Franktown or homes in Parker, including a wide variety of homes in Canterberry and real estate in Stonegate.

 

Marianne Bandy

 

Denver Relocation

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Mary Macy
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Better to rent a storage unit and get the stuff out of the house so it can sell quickly and you will be half moved with the stuff already boxed and in storage.

Jan 13, 2012 01:45 PM #1
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Sharon Parisi
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Marianne, what a clever and interesting topic!  You are right.  Clutter can be a positive signal to buyers who are looking for a house with great possibilities that does not appeal to many other buyers.   

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Marianne Bandy
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@Mary, totally true. I just closed on a property that I know would not have sold and definately not for the top of the market price the sellers got if they hadn't done this strategy.

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