Declutter what ?

Real Estate Agent with Innovative Realty Solutions Group BK3248318

One of the most common suggestions Realtors give Home sellers is to "declutter/depersonalize".

Some of the more common phrases used are:   "It will make the room look larger, " "Buyers want to envision their families there, not yours"    "With all the knick knacks and collectibles, it appears you dont have enough storage"

This is a not always true..

While lots of  Living space clutter is sometimes difficult to see past, its seldom a reason the home doesnt sell... more buyers are turned off by closets /cabinets and overstuffed garages..

When a Seller needs to declutter/depersonalize,  suggest they first  pack up unused items from ALL the closets, kitchen cabinets, and pots, pans  and items they only use once or twice a year..

STAGE the closets as showcases !

It is very easy to explain  boxes of  items packed to move ( after all the home is for sale!)

Stack neatly against one wall  in the garage.. Or if they have one room they arent using,  have them rent a small storage unit ....

Truth is:

Buyers look in every closet in every room. They look in every cabinet, envisioning if their belongings will fit. I have yet to hear a buyer tell me the home has too much storage space!

Declutter  yes, but work behind the scenes first!



Posted by

Lesley Wilson VanGoethem
Associate Broker ®

Professional Property Stager Real Estate Agent Consultant


Innovative Realty Solutions Group ,Inc
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Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616
Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT) - Mesa, AZ
Top .0033% of 40,000+ Realtors in our MLS

Whenever I ask a seller to "declutter", they look around and say, "What do I declutter?"   They have no idea that their home is cluttered.   Then I have to get real specific on what to de-clutter.   The easiest way that I've found to help them help themselves is to have them stand in a corner of a room and pretend they are the photographer then ask, "What would make this room look like a model home"?   Usually this works wonders.  I've actually been shocked how well it works. 

Jun 01, 2014 03:30 PM #1
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Starting from the closets and working outward makes sense.  Cluttered closets make the storage space look much smaller than it really is.


Shanna, I hear that from sellers too!  I just give them a very specific list.  I often take a photo and show it to them.  They can see it from that perspective, too.



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