Tribune Print Share Text

3 steps to a sale

Created date

February 28th, 2009

By Mary Wolfe


In today s housing market, Internet photos are essential in enticing potential buyers to see your home in person.

One of the first steps in creating those eye-catching images is to remove extra belongings. The goal? Allowing the selling points of your home like a fireplace or built-in bookshelves to shine. Follow these suggestions for a clutter-free home that s ready for the market:

Step 1: Get professional advice.

A professional stager or real estate agent can come to your property and suggest what should be removed. If you plan to move prior to selling, any remaining furniture can be arranged to complement your property. If you plan to move after your house sells, decide what belongings you plan to take with you; then donate, sell, or give away what s left before putting your house on the market.

Step 2: Take and review photos.

Put yourself in the buyers shoes, and take some digital photos of your main living spaces and master bedroom. It is much easier to see your property in the eyes of the buyer and begin analyzing the difference that removing some of your pieces will make.

Step 3: Hire a mover.

Remember, while removing some of the smaller pieces may make sense to do on your own, it is usually best to have a third party handle the labor of moving furniture. Trusted professionals are available

to make this an easy and pleasant


Allowing buyers to see more of your property and less personal items will enable them to envision themselves moving in with their own belongings

making your property their new home!

Mary Wolfe ' is a personal moving consultant for EricksonRealty & Moving Services, a program available to people moving to any Erickson community across the country. Personal moving consultants provide trusted realty and moving resources, as well as expert advice and assistance with every aspect of people s move from selling their house to settling into their new home. For more information about ' , call 1-800-917-8643.