Why the play on words?
Whenever you are selling, and for whatever the reasons, you need to view your home as a marketable commodity. The goal is to remind yourself that you are making a change and entering into the next chapter of your life. It’s important to show off your home to the next family to make their memories there as desirable as possible.
YOUR GOAL: Stand out from the competition at all cost.
With that in mind, the first step in getting your home ready to show to the public is to “de-personalize” it.
Here’s why it’s done:
The reason you want to take this step is because you want potential buyers need to see your house as their home. Typically, when buyer’s see a lot of family photos and trophies, or other very personal items, it makes it tough for them to visualize it as their space. They want to envision their own furniture in the living room and their own mementos.
The “de-personalizing” stage is often the hardest part for a family because it’s at this time they feel the transition they are about to embark upon becomes very real. All of a sudden, personal items that have been on the walls and in the house for as long as you’ve been there seem to carry a lot more weight than they seemed to have previously.
Try not to let that get you down. After all, they’re all still coming with you!
In a big way, it’s a spring clean of sorts to lessen the time on the market and get it sold fast. If it’s financially possible for you to rent a temperature controlled storage facility while things are being packed away for now, that’s really the best. You can find many uses for a storage facility as well during this transitional period also.
So Where Do We Begin?
Things To Do:
- Rent a storage unit to hide the stuff you will eventually move
- Clean out the junk drawer(s)
- Clean out the closets
- Organize all kitchen cupboards- it’ll just show better
- Clean and unencumbered counter space is something that today’s modern buyers are very fixated upon. They love the feeling of clean, open and organized spaces
- Search out and destroy foul odors
- Minimalize furniture. Your home will look better, seem more spacious and will show there’s plenty of space for the new buyers
- Have a cluttered garage or other storage area? Yup- clean those out as well.
- Maintenance items- thanks to HGTV, people are aware more than ever of deferred maintenance items. I can show you what to look for and advise on what should be repaired and what can wait.
- A well maintained home says you loved it and cared for it and that is important!
- Depersonalize everywhere. You will have to do it eventually so pack it all away now and don’t put it in the garage either!
If you really want to know what buyers are looking for? Go see a few model homes and you’ll see what’s trending. They hire designers to outfit those homes with all the latest. Talk about free advice?
So, do you want to sell your home fast? Let’s talk because every listing we have taken that has followed our advice has sold very fast.