Preparing Your Richmond House for the Market: Less Is More

Many homeowners get a slight case of anxiety in anticipation of listing their home for sale. After all, it is understandable that one who doesn’t do this on a daily basis could be a little intimidated by the preparation and maintenance of having your home walked through by strangers that are judging your every nook and cranny on a daily basis.

We get it! However, most homeowners we meet make it harder on themselves than it really needs to be. There are five basic rules that we stick to at The Jenni Jennings Team in preparing your home for the market. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we dive deep into each rule.

DSC09809_DxORule Number One: Less is More.

Declutter everything. Everywhere. That’s right, time to take down all the nik-naks that you’ve been collecting over the years. The nik-nak isn’t going to sell your house, so pack it up! You’re going to be packing it anyway when your home sells so why not get a jumpstart now. We’d rather see a mantle with nothing on it versus a mantle with 15 candles and 7 bird statues.

One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don’t have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.

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