“Can I keep that there?” That question gets asked a lot when people do a walk through their home with the listing agent. They are asking because they want to do one less bit of work to get their home ready. “Can’t I keep my collection of (fill in the blank) sitting on fireplace mantle?” The short answer is NO, absolutely NO!

I learned a new phrase today from one of our classes, “Clutter eats equity.” Everybody knows exactly what that means. Next time you have to address that question, put the decision back in the seller’s court. “Yes of course you can do whatever you want, however clutter eats equity.” Putting the onus back on the seller to make the choice with the keyword EQUITY in mind usually gives them the energy to do what it takes to get the most equity out of their house.