Remove Clutter When Selling Your Crested Butte Home
Will people say “wow” or “eww” when they walk through your home? It can be tough after many years in your mountain home to get rid of things. Especially if there are some things that you may still be using. Still, it’s best to take a hard look are your stuff and either throw it away or move it to a storage unit. The common advice is to make your home look like a “model home.” Buyers do not want to open a closet and see it packed with twenty-year-old ski clothes, gear, and games; they want to see how big the closet is. The best advice I can give is remove clutter when selling your Crested Butte home. Can you make time to get to your home to do this?
What to Get Rid Of
You will have to do this yourself. There may be decisions about personal items that a property manager or maid service cannot handle for you. If you’re not sure on where to start, here’s a few tips.
Do you have plants inside? Get rid of them. Do you have a garage or basement shop area full of old stuff? Get rid of it. Do you have a refrigerator, freezer, or pantry full of food? Eat it, or get rid of it. Do you have walls filled with family photos? Take them down, fix the holes, and repaint the wall. It is important to remove clutter when selling your Crested Butte home.
Do you still have any of those vintage bright-colored neon one-piece ski suits from the 1980s or 1990s? Don’t they look funny now? Well, that one-piece ski suit is similar to what the buyer thinks your house looks like if it has vintage 1980s or 1990s furniture and furnishings. I am not suggesting you spend the money to replace all your vintage furniture. But fewer pieces will be better to reduce the impact of the old furniture, and to open up the space. You should also be sure to remove any old and/or worn pieces of furniture.
Story of How Clutter Ruined One Seller’s Dream Offer
You may be saying: “This is a pain in the rear to de-clutter the house and deal with all of this stuff now. If someone puts an offer on my house, then I will fly in and deal with it.” This is a wholly rational point of view. From the seller’s perspective. But do not underestimate how much impact clutter can have.
I know a seller who got an offer on their home that was a cash offer and a two-week quick close. This is a rare dream offer. The buyer was motivated and was working against a deadline and wanted to have all of their family in very shortly after closing. Most sellers would be jumping for joy at the prospect of this offer. The home was being sold partially furnished, and there were many pieces of furniture, artwork, personal items and years of accumulated stuff that needed to be cleaned out of the 4,000 square foot home.
The seller was out of the country on vacation and did not want to deal with the logistics and coordination of movers and sorting though all their stuff while on vacation. They had prior commitments and could not get back to their mountain home in time given their vacation and business schedule. They agreed to the terms of the contract, but they pushed back on the buyer regarding the closing and possession dates. The buyer walked. The home was on the market for another year until it sold for more than $100,000 less than the previous contract. The lesson here is clear: remove clutter when selling your Crested Butte home. And if you’ve decided to sell, be prepared to sell.
Remove Clutter When Selling Your Crested Butte Home Final Thoughts
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