Look Like a Model Home

When listing your home for sale, there are several things that you need to keep in mind.  Things like getting an appraisal, pre-packing, cleaning, inspections, and much more. It is extremely important that you take seriously depersonalizing your home.  This is a huge part of selling your home.

The idea is that you should eliminate all traces of you as the owner ever living in your home.  This will ensure that any buyer interested in buying your home can get a picture of them living in the home with all of their personal items.  When you do a good job of eliminating all traces that anyone lived in the home it makes it easier for the potential buyer.  This can be a very powerful tool to secure the sale of your home.

Our Homes Ourselves

It is so easy to accumulate allot of material things over the span of our life.  Family pictures and knick-knacks can really clutter our walls and our homes. Take a look around your home. It stands to reason that you have a number of heirlooms, knickknacks, unique furniture, and other items of note. How about that collection of vintage action figures in the living room? You might love them, but they may prove to be distracting to a potential buyer.

This is where depersonalization can become handy.

The Model Home Influence

The thing to remember about depersonalization is that it’s not really a commentary on your sense of style. Rather, it is the process of making it possible for potential buyers to impose their style on the room. You want a potential buyer to see themselves as an owner, and not merely as a guest. Making your home as neutral as possible can achieve this. A great place to get inspiration on decorating your home to sale is from model homes and hotels. The more neutral the space is, the more likely a buyer will work to imagine themselves living there.

Depersonalizing a space can be enormously effective. However, there are several things you will want to keep in mind, in order to get the most out of the experience.

Tips For Depersonalizing A Home

Before you change a single thing, ask yourself the following question: “Is there anything in my home that might annoy, offend, or distract a potential buyer?” You have to be ruthless in how you answer this question. If you have even the slightest doubt about leaving something out, then there’s a really good chance that it needs to be prepacked. These potential items can include furniture, clothing, art, your various collections, and much more. No one is saying you have to throw these things away. Simply put them away, or even prepack them, and keep them out of the sight of prospective buyers.

Once you’ve gotten rid of these things, you’re ready to begin the actual depersonalization process. Start looking for items that are centric to you, or centric to specific niche groups. While this can amount to a significant task, breaking things down can help:

Personal items: This list can include trophies, your collections, hobby items, work items, and similar things. For things you absolutely need to keep out, simply make sure they are as out of sight as possible. Clothing, toiletries, books, pets, and extras/doubles of anything are good examples of things that you will naturally want to keep, but will also need to put away during visits from potential buyers.

Pictures/paintings/artwork: Non-generic art/decorative items can distract potential buyers, since your taste may not be the same as theirs. Statues, busts, or figurines are additional items you may need to put away. Consult your agent for alternatives.

Wall colors/paint: This is one subject that some people would rather avoid having to deal with, since it can potentially involve making changes to the walls of your home. Unique patterns/colors tend to be off-putting to potential buyers, while neutral colors tend to make it easier for them to picture themselves in the space. Talk to your agent about the possibility of having your wall colors changed.

Whites: On the other hand, white can prove to be a little too bland. While white can work as a neutral color, in the event that your budget doesn’t really cover having the walls painted again, you may want to consider something else.

Heirlooms/keepsakes: Your heirlooms/keepsakes are enormously valuable to you. However, that doesn’t mean they’re going to be valuable to others. Unless you absolutely need them, you may want to go ahead and simply prepack them. Regardless, they should be out of site.

Odors: This is one aspect to depersonalization that many fail to take into account. However, real estate agents and other experts/professionals will tell you that when it comes to depersonalization, taking care of odors is right at the top of your list.  Air fresheners and neutral odor products can go a long way towards making the odors in the home as non-specific as possible. Keep in mind that even if you think the odors in the home are fine, potential buyers may not feel the same way.

Creating A Neutral Space

All of the above tips have one thing in common: Everything is designed to strip your current home down to the absolute essentials. While you are not required to do these things, you will find that selling your home is going to be a great deal easier, when you keep all of these tips in mind. These tips can be particularly useful to those who find themselves trying to sell in a crowded market place. In situations such as these, you’re going to find that every little bit helps. Depersonalizing your home can make it easy for potential buyers to imagine their own personalities being imprinted in the remarkable details that make up the home.

In the end, it is well worth discussing all of these possibilities with your real estate agent. Your agent can help you to make some of those tough depersonalization calls, while pointing you towards possibilities that may not have occurred to you beforehand. It can be a little taxing, but as you can probably tell by now, the benefits of taking depersonalization seriously can prove to be substantial.