Thinking about Selling You Home….De-Clutter First

Reblogger Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

I'm sure many of you don't need to be reminded that de-cluttering is the most important first step in preparing your house to sell, but Kristin Hamilton's blog below is one of the best I've ever seen. Her photos alone have inspired me to go clean my house tonight!

Original content by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor CalBRE #01492138

 Thinking about Selling You Home….De-Clutter First


So you are thinking about putting your home on the market and you have taken care of all the minor repairs and just about ready to call a Realtor. But you need to do one more thing; De-Clutter inside and out.


The size of your house is not going to change but there are things you can do to make it look larger and more enticing to prospective buyers.


Here is a bedroom with lots of knick-knacks sitting around and the color is pretty bright.


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Now here the room has just a few items sitting around now, the picture was changed, and the colors are toned down. The room looks bigger.

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Here is a messy closet; yes most of our closets look like this but to sell your home, pack or give away things you are not using. I read somewhere that if you have not worn something in over a year, give it away. Do you need 20 pairs of worn out tennis shoes or heels you haven’t worn in 10 years or those clothes that you wore in high school. Are they really going to come back in style?

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Pack them up and donate. Get some big crates or wicker baskets and put all the loose items or small bags into the baskets to give it a cleaner look. Buy a organizer kit at the local home improvement store and look what you have for $35 and what a clean and neat look. This is one of those do-it-yourself projects that you can complete in a couple of hours.

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In the kitchen, take all the stuff off the counters that you do not use; appliances, 3 sets of canisters, books on the top of the refrigerator and food that needs to be put away in the cabinets. Do you want your kitchen to look too small to hold everything?

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No, you want to pack it away and do you need 3 cabinets full of Tupperware, pie tins or those plastic containers you save from butter and frozen dinners. We all save these but do we need 50 of each?

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Here is the side of a house. Remove excess pots, dead plants, junk, stuff that didn’t sell at your garage sale a year ago. Put it in the trash and clean it up.

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Here is a garage to view. Can you guess what is wrong with this room? Get rid of the stuff you don’t need. Call the donation truck or take your excess junk to the dump or a storage center. By cleaning up the entire house, it will tell buyers you care and show pride of ownership.

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So clean up the house and get rid of your clutter and then you will probably be ready to put it on the market. Then call the Realtor.

These photographs taken in the Inland Empire by Kristin Hamilton.


If you are looking for a professional and experienced agent, I am just a click away. Google me at Kristin Hamilton-Real Estate Agent. Homeowners and Buyers both will find my services top notch and successful. Call me to sell your home.

I am waiting for your call! 909-557-6966.

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Rebecca Riopelle
BLINK Realty Group, LLC - Arlington, MA
President & Broker

Absolutely!  Your pictures say it all! Best of luck with your business this year!

May 15, 2012 02:05 AM #1
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

De-cluttering is so important.  It really turns off most buyers.  They just cannot look past the mess.

May 15, 2012 02:08 AM #2
Michael J. Gallo
Florida Luxury Realty - New Port Richey, FL
Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team

Clutter not only distracts the buyers from the home but it also leaves the buyers feeling that the seller is not motivated or "ready" to sell.  

May 15, 2012 02:27 AM #3
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Wayne & Jean, Great re-blog!  The photos speak volumes. People need to understand that stuffing stuff away in closets does not get the job done.  Buyers open closets and want to see organization.  It leaves a better feeling and allows them to see the size of the closet rather than a pile of stuff!

May 15, 2012 03:49 AM #4
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Hard to imagine that closet!!!  Good advise for all and thanks for the re-blog.

May 15, 2012 04:19 AM #5
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Wayne & Jean,

Thanks for the re-blog and have a very sucessful week. I will see you at the thrift store this weekend when we are all dropping off stuff. Ha Ha.


May 15, 2012 06:38 AM #6
Tanja Cisliek
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL

Wayne and Jean, thank you for this eye-opening post, well worth reading for anybody thinking about selling their home. Great advise!

May 15, 2012 11:26 AM #7
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