Working with Realtors I get this question a lot. "How can I sell the house when the house is loaded with personal property and clutter everywhere?" or "How can the homeowner make the house presentable?" The solution is simple. The stuff must be thinned out or removed so the homeowner can realize the value of typically their biggest asset, the house and let the Realtor do their job. But how?
When the personal property stands in the way of showing a home, a Realtor can team up with a credible auctioneer, typically one that is a National Auctioneer Association (NAA) member in good standing, credentialed and insured.
The auction method usually accomplishes the sale of most all personal property and whatever is leftover is usually unsaleable.
The goal is three fold. 1) realize the highest value by competitive bidding for the personal property assets. 2) clean out or reduce the clutter in the house 3) Allow the Realtor to best market the house not the house with its clutter.
These auctions can be conducted on site to reduce costs but must be done by a skilled Action firm that is familiar with protecting the integrity of the home and its value. The premises should be protected with floors being covered, areas reduced to public access, adequate signage should be posted, the auction firm should be properly staffed, parking should be monitored, adequate insurance in place, municipal permits pulled are just a few of the essential requirements.
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If you or your brokerage does not have an alliance with an Auctioneer I would encourage you to interview some NAA Auctioneers. The auction process has integrity and will help you sell houses.