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Less is Best

Real Estate Broker/Owner with RICOASTALLIVING.COM

When I am discussing with a Seller, the best way to list their home, I always say "Less is best". There are always good reasons for this. First, a buyer needs to be looking at a clean slate. Walking in a home, although beautifully appointed, with all your family, children, grandchildren and pet photos does not let a buyer "envision" themselves in your home. They feel like a guest and whether they like your style or not, they will not consider it theirs.   Mentally placing their own furniture and photos etc, is the most important part of a Buyers mindset.   This has nothing to do with having a visit from your friends who all come in and love your house! They are not putting up cash to buy it.  Also, everyone has different tastes and styles, so if someone has already overcome the outside of your home to step inside, you may as well be ready for them to choose their own decorating scheme.

If you, as a Seller feel that your scheme is that outstanding, then take a pile of photos before you dismantle.  I am not saying no to couches and chairs, but rather just personal items.  This also goes without saying that the house should be clean! Dirty towels and clothes, jewellry everywhere and unmade beds, are not inviting!

A seller needs to make their home inviting to everyone and that means packing up the items that you love. A buyer would be more inclined to buy if they see packed boxes and it looks like you are actually moving.

Bottom line, to make a buyer comfortable enough to think they can make your home their home!

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

De-cluttering is so important Karen Hurst . I don't want it to be bare walls either but as you say "minimal". I also like your comment "so if someone has already overcome the outside of your home to step inside" because I always address curb appeal first with people.

Oct 31, 2018 12:13 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I like when there is still a bit of a surprise for the buyers as it makes the home even more desireable

Oct 31, 2018 07:37 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Good morning, Karen! I am getting my feet wet again in AR and went to find some of my "old favorites." Looks like you've been quiet on the homefront as well, but just wanted to say "hi" and hope you're doing well!

Oct 10, 2019 08:03 AM
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Mimi Foster hey! I guess now you know how often I have been here! I have been ill since March and just starting to get back on my feet. I hope you are feeling better as well!

Nov 07, 2019 03:38 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

So glad to see your lovely face! So sorry to hear that you've been sick. Hope things are looking up for you, and hope to see you around when you're able.

Nov 07, 2019 03:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you and we will soon see your current posts.

Have an outstanding August.

Aug 09, 2023 11:38 AM