Get it Sell Ready
Get it “Sell” Ready
“De-Personalize” Your Home
Put away family photographs, collectible items, knick-knacks, and your children’s trophies. The reason you need to “de-personalize” your home is because you want potential buyers to view this house as their home.
When a potential homebuyer is looking around trying to envision their future homes, their vision is temporarily startled when they scan the room and see your family photographs hanging on the wall.
The best thing to do is remove these items from your house completely. Put them in an offsite storage unit. After all, you do not want the attic, basement, garage or closets to look smaller because they are filled with your stuff.
Remove Kitchen & Bathroom Clutter
Kitchens and bathrooms are key selling features to homes and therefore you will want to make them seem as large as possible. The best way to achieve this is to remove all non-essential items from these rooms.
Be sure to remove everything from the countertops, and as many items from the cabinets as possible. Put the items that you use often (coffee makers, toasters, blow dryers, ect.) into a cabinet, and take them out when you need them. Although it will be frustrating to do this every day, it will help you sell your home faster.
Make sure that you also free up as much cabinet and pantry space as possible. The items that you rarely use may need to be stored in an offsite storage unit until you sell your home. Potential homebuyers will be opening cabinets, especially in the kitchens and bathrooms to make sure that they will have enough room for their belongings.
Remove Closet Clutter
Closets are the place where most people put things, just to get them out of the way. They are great for accumulating clutter. Remove extra clothes and shoes, think in seasons! If you are selling your home in the summer, then you should store fall and winter clothes in an offsite storage unit. This will give the illusion of larger closets.
Potential homebuyers want to see that they are going to have enough room for all of their belongings. If they see your closets packed full of items, they will only see clutter, and not the potential your house has to offer.
Remove Furniture Clutter
Many times people have a lot of furniture in certain rooms. This can impair the illusion of a large, spacious room. If you have guest rooms, consider only keeping a bed in the room, while the house is being shown.
By removing non-essential furniture, you will allow the potential buyers to see more space, which will give the illusion of large rooms. If you look at model homes in subdivisions you will see that they use minimal furnishings so as not to crowd a room.
Storage Area Clutter
Garages, attics and tool sheds should be as empty as possible so that potential buyers can see how much storage space your house has to offer. Remove anything that is not essential and take it an offsite storage unit.
Be sure to clean out these areas as well. You want to make every area of your home as appealing as possible!