It was a 911 call - an emergency intervention. Chotchkes had taken over the home of a grandmother!
There were colonies of them - big chotchkes, small chotchkes. Call the exterminator! Oh!...I was the exterminator!
My job was to exterminate the chotchkes in order to stage the house for sale. Three days, a crew of 3 and over 100 boxes later, the deed was done - no more chotchkes. We could finally see the house, have it thoroughly cleaned and stage it so it could be put on the market.
After living in this property for over 50 years this lovely lady could not see that her home was not the showplace to others that it was to her. That's because potential buyers just aren't interested in the sellers' possessions, and if they are, they lose their concentration on the purpose of their visit - to buy the property.
Staging a property using too many "chotchkes" causes the same problem. Buyers stop to look at the "trees" and forget about the "forest." So, remember KISS - keep it simple, sweetie.
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