Lake house selling tips – decluttering

The prime Michigan home selling time is coming up.  It is about that time to start getting ready to sell your Oakland County lakefront home if you are thinking of listing it this spring.  It always takes a little more time than you think to prepare your lake home for sale.  So where do you start?  One of the first projects you should do is de-clutter.  I know you love your little collections but now is the time to start putting them away.  Think of it as pre-packing.  You are moving right?  So what does it matter whether your cherished belongings are out for a couple of months.

A decluttered kitchen

A decluttered kitchen

Our goal is to make your home appeal to as many Michigan home buyers as possible.  We don’t want to turn the buyers off because of what you love, like, or believe in. Not everybody loves the same things you do, or has the same religion that you do.  I know you could say well I don’t care whether they like what I believe in or what I like.  However that lake home buyer might have been the one person that loved your house.  We need your home to have the widest audience as possible.  The bigger the number of buyers that like it the better the chance of getting it sold quickly.

We are trying to de-clutter the house, while making it neutral.  We want the buyer to be able to picture themselves in your home.  We are a multi-cultural and multi religion area.  We have Jewish, Christian, Indian, and Muslim home buyers.  Put away the religious artifacts.  It will help sell your home.

Put away your hunting trophies, your clown or plate collection.  We want the buyers to be looking at your home not your collections, or your photos.  Our goal is to make your home look like a model home.  We want it to appear spacious and uncluttered.  Think of buyers in a 5 foot deep pool.  If you turn off home buyers because of animal trophy or because of your religious shrine that pool of home buyers may only be 2′ deep now.  So don’t be foolish and keep the collections out.

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Time to DeClutter

Time to DeClutter

Now let’s get to the root of de-cluttering your home.  My rule is to only have 1 to 3 items on any shelf, or countertop.  Clear everything off the refrigerator.  If your home is full of furniture then some pieces may need to be stored.  Openness is the key.  I have done this too long with Michigan home buyers and sellers.  I know which homes buyers will like because of the de-cluttering.  A cluttered house turns off buyers.  A cluttered house takes longer to sell.  A cluttered house is not going to get the best price it could.  So do you want less money for your home?  Is it worth $5000 to de-clutter your home.

Of course not.

I am very good helping my clients prepare their home for sale.  Add in staging and we end up getting top dollar for my client’s homes.  If you are thinking of selling give me a call at (248) 310-6239 to schedule an in home consultation.  We’ll work together to get you top price for your home.

Here are some other lakes to check out if you are buying a lake home

Cedar Island Lake White Lake MI 

Maceday Lake Waterford MI information

Charlick Lake in Highland MI

Cranberry Lake White Lake MI Real Estate

West Bloomfield lake condos & homes for sale

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