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Getting Your House Ready to Sell

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It is important that Buyers can Picture themselves in your home to improve your chances for a sale. There are some easy steps to help de-personalize the space.

  • Remove most, if not all, family photos. It is difficult for the buyers to visualize themselves in your home when your walls are covered with family photos. The photos could be a distraction, as well. You don't want Buyers to spend more time looking at your photos than your home.
  • Choose a neutral paint color--not white. Not everyone is a fan of bright burgandy walls. Buyers want a color that will match their furniture so a neutral color on the walls works best.
  • Remove any fixtures that are not included in the sale. Once someone sees it, they may want it, resulting in a lost sale.
  • Remove pet items if at all possible. Perhaps the pet(s) can stay with a friend or relative while your home is on the market. Buyers may not be pet lovers.
  • Clear away all clutter--piles of newspapers, magazines, toys, and such.
  • Clear kitchen counters of unnecessary appliances. This makes the kitchen appear more spacious and easier to clean.
  • Remove all collectibles - such personalized collectibles may not appeal to all buyers and may distract the Buyers.
  • Clean out the closets. Remove out-of-season clothes, boxes, and such. This will make the closets appear larger.
  • Remove all religious and political references. These can distract buyers.