Hopkins says you don’t need to make your house picture-perfect, but too much clutter prevents clients from seeing your home and limits their ability to imagine how they will use your space.
Sherry Cree, a realtor in Denver, CO, also reinforces the importance of a clean home, which seems like a small thing, but goes a long way winning over the heart of a buyer. If you don’t have the time, and you can afford it, hire a company to thoroughly clean your house top to bottom, from carpets to grout.
“The cleaner, the better. The neater, the higher the offer,” says Bridges. “If your home looks like new, buyers will perceive that it is. Yet, if it looks like it has been dirty for years on end, expect lowball offers from investors who hope to get your home for free. Having lots of clutter is another way of saying, ‘I am not interested in a fast sale; I will sit on the market for several months going un-sold.’”