Frequently we run across a disappointed buyer who hardly looks at a house we thought she'd fall in love with because all her attention is caught by an abundance of stuff. Can a house actually be too well decorated? Usually not, but it can be too full of stuff, even though it is excellent stuff.
It's difficult to tell people they simply have too much, that less, in home selling is always more. A buyer must be able to assess a home's suitability in typically less than an hour (I book a house per half hour). And, in a hot market, they've got to act fast. Often, there's not enough time to go back for a second look. It makes their job so much more difficult when they can't see past the knick knacks to determine whether the kitchen has room for a high chair.
So, what's a seller to do? Reduce the collectibles. If you're serious about selling keep in mind you're going to have to start packing sooner or later. So, start sooner. It may be you have too many pictures in a small room. Removing some will only make the room look more spacious. Kitchen counters look more generous if most of the appliances, bowls, bottles and notepads are gone. Even an over-magneted refrigerator door can be distracting.
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