As I always do in order to keep up with the latest listings and market trends, today I went out on Brokers Open with some friends from the office. We were all surprised at how many of these multi-million dollar homes REALLY needed to be decluttered. It isn’t that the people were like that TV show “Hoarders” or anything — these homes were perfectly lovely, clean, large, family homes. But when your house is on the market, it is time to say “goodbye” to your personal touches, such as family photos, kids artwork, and all those knick-knacks!
A couple of the homes were so visually “busy” that it was hard to actually focus on the house and its features because your eye kept lighting everywhere, here and there, on their “stuff”. As you can see in the picture at right, one of the homes had a lot of interesting architectural features that Buyers would NOT be able to focus on because there were so many pictures, do0-dads, and “tchotchkes” in the place. If they had only removed about 50 percent of the “decorative elements” and allowed the focus to be on the house, they would have been a lot better off.
One of the things I try to focus on as a REALTOR in the South Bay is how to help my Sellers make their property look the best. I have accreditation as a home staging professional (AHS) and I really believe that decluttering is SO important. These homes will end up selling for thousands less than they would have if they had been professionally staged and decluttered. I know that it is hard to live in a house that is staged — you aren’t allowed to have anything out and that is very difficult — but it is essential if you really want to sell your home for top dollar in our South Bay market.