Our unique qualities make us human. They make us interesting. Through who we are as individuals we make life more interesting and this is something to be celebrated. But its also something that may need to be dialed back when you are selling your home. Potential home buyers are looking for a clean slate. Something they can mold into their future. And while a little inspiration never hurts. They may be turned away by unusual modifications or over the top decorations.
Remove photos, diplomas and uniquely personal items
Hey, these need to be packed up anyways. You’re moving.
Paint Your Home With Neutral Colors
When preparing a home to be placed on the market. It makes sense to give everything a nice coat of paint anyways. A home is a place we live. Sometimes for several years. The walls collect dust and odor. By painting the walls with neutral colors you give the buyer a blank canvas to allow them to decide what direction the home could take in their hands.
Show The Rooms As They Were Originally Designed
The room off the kitchen is unmistakably the dining room. But if you use it as a home office, it throws a buyer off. Likewise, if you’ve used a small bedroom as your child’s toy room/your closet spillover, the same thing will happen. The buyer needs to see it used the way the architect originally intended it to be used, not the way you use it.
Remember that you are not selling to someone who is going to be a life long friend. Not generally anyways. Don’t take things personally.