Why You Need to Clean Up and Clean Out
Here's an example of why organizing and cleaning out makes a much better impression on YOUR buyers. Click on the Before Kitchen icon below, pretend you're a buyer and take a good look around. Sorry, the photo quality is not that great. Close the photo tab and answer a few questions about what you saw.
Now see if you can answer the questions.
How much did you see (remember) in the kitchen? What didn't you notice at all? The mind's eye sees the 'stuff', not the important details related to buying this home. If you are like 95% of people, you were drawn to the kitchen counter.
Beyond having a hard time "seeing" things that matter while looking at this room, how many buyers might skip looking at the property altogether, subconsciously wondering if this unprepared room might be a reflection of its overall condition? Like it or not, decluttering and staging are here for good. Blame HG-TV if you must.
It is hard for some sellers to understand, but this happens more often than not when we show properties that aren't properly prepared for the market. The buyers look closely but not at the things they should be congreat features of a room or the layout or the things that matter and add value, but at the dozens of family photos and the things the seller collects. They are trying to learn a bit about the other party. It's human nature.
However, when they leave the property, that's what they remember, not the gorgeous flooring or the handmade cabinets or the view from the kitchen sink.