3. Declutter and Depersonalize
We rented a storage space for less than $50 for a month and it was well worth the cost when we received our full price offer. We stored any and all personal belongings that might detract the buyer. Family photos, collections, excess toys, out of season clothing, religious items – all are things that might turn a buyer away. Even bulky furniture can make your home seem small. Store it away! The objective is to help the buyer to see themselves in your home. Now is not the time to show a photo of your favorite aunt or display your spoon collection.
Depersonalization is key!
In my son’s room, we took down a lot of his favorite Star Wars collectibles.
4. Neutralize your Decor
The next important step was making the home a neutral environment that anyone could move into without having the work of fixing it up. I’m the one who LOVES to do those repairs and search out the fixer uppers, but most buyers want it move in ready. If you have the loud reds, Polka Dots, or funky wallpaper, take the time and effort to make it neutral – something most buyers don’t want to take the time to do. This also applies to any outlandish decor. Look at Pinterest, or decorating magazines for ideas to help you find an easy fix.
It will add to your bottom line at closing.
Next, it’s time to roll up your sleeves! Click to read the importance of straightening that junk drawer!