Simplify your Silver Spring, MD Home Sale!

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Recently my buyer and I walked into a Silver Spring, MD home for sale and were stunned, but not in aCluttered house good way. The house was a mess. It was cluttered and dirty and in no way ready for any Silver Spring, MD home buyer. There was stuff everywhere, piled high behind the dining room table, on top of the dining room table, behind the couch.. all over the kitchen counters which left us guessing as to what those actually looked like?

Homes in such poor condition always leave me speechless and I wonder why? I understand that life happens and sometimes things can get out-of-control. But why would any Silver Spring, MD REALTOR® put a home on the market in such a state? It won't attract the most attention. It won't result in a busy open house. It won't produce a high number of inquiries. It won't sell for highest and best.

When you want to sell your Silver Spring, MD, a bit - or a lot - of preparation is a must. It will most definitely pay off and get you a nice return-on-investment. Cleaning and decluttering should not be optional! Your Silver Spring, MD area REALTOR® will provide you with helpful advice but if you have accumulated so much stuff that you don't know where to begin, then consider the help of a professional organizer.

In Montgomery County, MD Donna C. Dettling, owner of Simpler Life Solutions can come to your rescue. Donna specializes in creating organized and clutter-free environments which will help get your Silver Spring, MD home SOLD!

Donna doesn't only focus on simplifying your home sale but on simplifying your life. Even if you are not planning on selling your Silver Spring, MD home any time soon, Donna can still help you get clutter under control, manage the mountains of papers, transform your rooms and maximize your space.

Donna C. Dettling can be reached at (301) 330-8750 or at

Simplify your Silver Spring, MD Home Sale! 

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 17+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, is fluent in Real Estate & German, pro preservation, passion and coffee fueled. 

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Comments (9)

Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Hey..I need Donna over here lol :)!  I totally agree with you.  I don't get how a Realtor® lists a home that is in such disrepair..I would have to turn down the listing.  You can't hope that people will see the potential past the mess geez!  

Aug 05, 2013 12:10 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I listed one of these earlier this year.  No marketing or showings until it was cleaned up.  It took a good two months.

Aug 05, 2013 12:50 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP
The commute is a bit long Brenda, otherwise I am sure Donna would love to help out :-) Many buyers can't see past the mess and can't picture themselves living in such a house... I call it anti-marketing.

Now I am wondering which one it was Tammy! I am glad they listened and I am sure their hard work paid off big time.
Aug 05, 2013 01:00 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Andrea, your photo speaks thousands of words!

Aug 05, 2013 01:05 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

When selling you are right: Cleaning and decluttering should not be optional! 

But when you have tenants...sometimes you just have to work with what you have.

Aug 05, 2013 04:32 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP
Sharon, the picture is very fitting, the house looked pretty much like it!

Michelle, in that case it would be best to wait until the tenants have moved out!
Aug 05, 2013 11:18 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Andrea, I had one that looked worse than the one in the photo...The sellers Dad had passed away and she wanted me to list the property. After seeing the condition of the house I called her (she lived out of state and had not been in her Dad's house for years) and she said she would call some relatives to take whatever they wanted and asked if I would stay while items were removed.  My goodness the relatives came out of the woodwork as there were so many...they took everything but the kitchen sink and bathroom toilet/sink...It was really hilarious to watch.  The house was sold within a week.

Aug 08, 2013 04:26 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP
Oh boy Rebecca.. at least there was a quick solution to the problem! And it paid off with a quick sale!
Aug 08, 2013 12:29 PM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

that picture does say a thousand words, doesn't it?  have a great weekend!

Aug 09, 2013 08:49 AM

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