• April 30, 2017

Make Buyers Feel at Home—Depersonalize Your House

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Make Buyers Feel at Home—Depersonalize Your House

What’s the best tip for preparing to stage your home? As any real estate agent will tell you: depersonalize it. If your home is filled with family pictures and heirlooms, it will be difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Making your house appear as faceless as possible will provide buyers with the opportunity to visualize what their lives would be like if they lived there.

What does depersonalizing mean?
Essentially, depersonalizing your home is neutralizing your home. For many buyers, the home will become an extension of their personal taste and style. Imagining their own family, their own belongings, and their own design preferences in a space is incredibly difficult when all of your personal belongings and photos are present.

What steps should you take to depersonalize your home?
You can begin depersonalizing your living space by focusing on the walls. If any of your walls have wallpaper, unique upholstery, or stencils covering them, it is usually best to remove these before showing your home to potential buyers. This step is especially important if the wall coverings haven’t been updated in the last five to seven years. While some wall coverings won’t be much of a distraction, the older and more outdated they are, the more difficult it will be for buyers to imagine their own family and décor in the room.

Another way you can depersonalize your home’s walls is by removing any unnecessary wall décor. Family photos, sports memorabilia, and ”theme” décor should be taken down, as they mainly serve as reflections of your own personal style. Some minimal and tasteful wall décor, like clocks, mirrors, and pieces of art, can be left up, as they can make a room look homey without taking away from it.

Color is an additional area of focus when it comes to depersonalizing your home for showings. Neutral palettes help give your potential buyers the “blank canvas” they are looking for in a home and simplify the decorating process for you. While you want your home to look fresh and neutral for showings, you don’t want it to look empty. Use the neutral undertones, like gold, silver, and brown, of whichever neutral you choose to add some decoration to each room without incorporating too much of your own style.

Finally, you can depersonalize your home by being sure that any other materials that will be out for buyers to see are neutral. This means that books, movies, and magazines that are out should be classic, general pieces. Magazine on food or architecture, family-friendly movies, and classic novels are all good choices, while religious or niche materials should be hidden away from buyers’ eyes.

Focus on One Room at a Time
The living room is arguably the most important room when it comes to depersonalizing, and is also likely where you will need to make the most changes. This is the first room most buyers will see, so by removing your personal photos, any bright hues, and outdated décor, you will make a great first impression with buyers. The bedrooms tend to be the most personal areas of a home, so don’t neglect these rooms in your depersonalization process. Depending on your existing décor, you may need to purchase new bedding and curtains to present the neutral canvases buyers want. The kitchen and bathrooms are generally fairly neutral to begin with, but you should ensure your countertops are clutter free and your refrigerator is free of decorative magnets and personal paperwork. Finally, to sell your home fast, remember that buyers like to see inside storage spaces, so in all rooms, make sure your cabinets and closets are neatly organized.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-908-7293 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/