Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
Declutter But Don’t Sterilize!
Recently I was showing property to “horse people”. The property itself was what was most important but we started with the home. Besides having holiday paraphernalia (which we were prepared for), this home was FILLED with stuff in every room and on all of the walls. Furniture crammed into what most would think were normal sized rooms felt positively tiny. Crafting gone wild. We got past all of that. The female buyer mentioned to me after we spoke about this that she also doesn’t like the idea that it’s become popular to have everything so sterile that it doesn’t even feel like anyone lives there.
Good point! You want people to feel like they can place their own things in your home, see what the actual structure looks like, but you also don’t want them to feel that it’s like walking into a Ghost Town. Find a middle ground. I mean, heck you might still have to LIVE in your home while it’s for sale. Just look objectively at your home and go room-to-room.
I had a recent seller at Fishhawk Lake ask about photographs, because she’d heard on one of those “home selling shows” that you need to get rid of all photos. After looking at her photos, the Glamour Shot had to go! But, the large family reunion photo on the wall at the base of the stairs seemed fitting. It gave you a happy feeling without making it feel like it was too much. It was placed correctly. Also, make sure those pictures are hung straight. When they’re askew it gives the impression that the home isn’t cared for…it’s sloppy and buyers will subconsciously or consciously take note, along with messy closets, bad paint jobs, and a filthy garage.
Simply ORGANIZING hobbies into nifty-looking baskets or giving a semblance of ORDER to a space (check out Storables for ideas) can make someone feel that the home is well maintained and be more pleasing to the eye. Edit Edit Edit. But, don’t kill the life of the home!