The spring and summer are often considered the best times to sell one’s home. With the recent run-up in housing prices, around much of the U.S., you may be thinking of listing your property and cashing in. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the extent to which first impressions and presentation matter when it comes to what your asking price will be. I’m going to use this article to briefly discuss how paying an organizer, to spruce your house or condo up, might be one of the best investments you can make.
A cluttered home will often lead to a reduced sales price
You can likely expect a lowball offer if you show your house in a cluttered state. In his excellent book, Start Small, Profit Big in Real Estate, author and investor Jay DeCima discusses ways in which real estate investors can pick up homes for less than their actual value. In his section on buying “fixer-uppers,” he makes the point that homes can often be purchased, below value, due to their simply needing to be cleaned, decluttered, and for junk to be hauled off. In other words, a messy environment can be good for potential investors, which is bad for the seller (you).
Investing in a professional organizer can help you to get more for your home
An organizer can assist you with more than clearing your residence. A skilled professional will help organize your home in a way that is functional and appealing. This, in turn, can make it look like a place where a potential buyer can see themselves living. As a Dayton area realtor I sometimes see homes which could have a higher list price if they were simply decluttered. Don't’ make the mistake of listing before your house is truly ready for showing.
I would like to say thanks to Coach Lauren for inviting me to write on this topic.
Mary Beth Downing is a licensed real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Heritage in Dayton, Ohio. As frequent blogger and real estate investor, she provides a unique perspective on buying and renting in today's market. Mary Beth is passionate about assisting people in finding their dream home and in dealing with the Midwest real estate market. She prides herself on providing the highest level of service to her clients. This includes her taking the time to gain an understanding of your goals, taking the time to promptly respond to your inquiries, and leaving no stone unturned in making sure that your needs are met.