Banish Clutter to Sell Your Home Faster!

by Nile Morin 05/12/2019

Two of the most important ingredients in a successful house-marketing campaign are competitive pricing and making a great first impression on prospective buyers. Although your real estate agent can assist in achieving both of those goals, keeping your home in "show ready" condition will be up to you and your family.

When your home is actively being shown, the process is not unlike a job interview. The main similarity is that you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. Potential buyers have a mindset that's similar to that of a hiring manager: They are intensely focused on making the right decision. Since the last thing they want to do is make the wrong choice (or a less-than-optimal choice) it's up to you -- the home seller-- to present your home in its best possible light.

Other than keeping your home squeaky clean and your lawn looking as manicured as possible, it's also to your benefit to reduce clutter. A house that's filled with clutter will definitely send the wrong message to prospective buyers searching for their next home. Clutter takes many forms, so it often requires a concerted effort to identify and remedy it. Here are a few key areas to focus on:

Furniture clutter: Having too much furniture in a room or entryway can give visitors the impression that your home is cramped, too small, or disorganized. If you've had a tendency to add furniture to your home, over time -- without putting some pieces in storage -- then you may have inadvertently created a cluttered "look and feel" to your living space

Surface clutter: Have you ever noticed how things that belong in drawers, cabinets, and recycling bins often end up on tables, counter tops, and bookshelves? If that's taking place in your home, rest assured you're not alone! However, if you're preparing to put your home on the market, you'll make a much better impression on potential buyers if you remove as much surface clutter as possible.

Storage-area clutter: Although there's a lot of truth to the saying "Out of sight, out of mind," that usually doesn't apply to preparing your home for the real estate market! Serious house hunters are pretty thorough, and are generally going to glance in closets, basements, attics, and garages. So if you simply move your clutter to another part of the house, it will still be noticed! Granted, your clutter will be less prominent in storage areas, but it will still have a detracting effect on the overall impression your home makes. The solution involves a combination of strategies, including selling or donating unwanted belongings. In some cases, you might even consider renting a dumpster or calling a reasonably priced junk-hauling service to get rid of things you don't want and can't donate, sell, or give away.

It's not always easy to be objective when staging your home or evaluating its marketability, so an experienced real estate agent can provide you with invaluable guidance, advice, negotiating help, and marketing assistance

About the Author

Author
Nile Morin

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Nile Morin is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. Nile understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers.

A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation. Nile knows that it is not only important to secure the most able buyer, but also the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Nile is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike. Nile knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Nile’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you, too, into a client for life.

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Nile grew up in Cape Cod and therefore has a deep appreciation for the Cape's way of life. He owned a successful landscape construction company for almost ten years. Like many Realtors in Cape Cod, Nile’s professional background is rooted in the business industry where he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. His insight gained from years of involvement in bringing all components of a business transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective on and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Cape Cod's finest Realtors. In his first year alone, Realty Executives awarded him the honor of Top Producer Rookie of the Year for all of New England.

For Nile's first five years in Real Estate, he joined forces with a family member who had been the Top Rated Realtor for many years past. Within the first year, their team became #1#1 throughout all of Cape Cod. After 5 years of disciplined integration into Cape Cod's Real Estate market, the opportunity for Nile to start his own realty office arose, which would later become Oceanside Realty Group. Within his first year of departure from the team, Nile ranked within the Top Ten of 2,500 Independent Agents on all of Cape Cod, and has consecutively maintained that prestigious statistic through perseverance of the troubled market and his dedicated and determined work ethic.