Declutter & Depersonalize

Lesson Two

While you’re waiting to meet with your Realtor, you can go ahead and get started on this step. We’re going to be working on paring down so buyers can focus on your beautiful home and not all of your stuff! It will also help us see any problem areas that will need to be addressed in the next step. So, let’s get started!

Declutter

We all accumulate a ton of things each year we live in our homes. Now is the time to declutter and downsize the amount of possessions you have so your home can appear clean and spacious. Bonus: the more you declutter, the less you have to move!

Depersonalize

As potential buyers walk through your home, they are trying to imagine their future there. Depersonalizing is all about neutralizing or removing your personal taste from your home décor so that buyers can mentally see themselves moving in.

I know, I know, you’ve spent many years lovingly adding personal touches to your rooms and you finally feel like it’s You. Unfortunately, other people don’t need or want to see “you” all over their home.  And having photograph after photograph of your family on the walls, animal furs, ornate gilded paintings, or a shrine to your child’s achievements can alienate buyers from feeling like your home could become theirs.

So, what should you do?

Take a step back and look at your room with “buyer’s eyes”.  After living in a home for a while many of us have blinders to those half-finished projects, overgrown collections, and cluttered spaces.

Try imagining that you are seeing your home for the first time. What stands out to you? What can you do to make a better first impression?

If you’re having trouble with this step, enlist the help of an honest friend or neighbour and don’t be offended when they mention “maybe that should be packed away…” or “that design choice is really bold!”

Remember, they are trying to help and only have your best interest at heart, and that is making your home more appealing, so you can sell your home quicker and for more money!

Here’s a couple ideas to get you started:

Don’t forget to go through your kids and teenagers rooms at this point! Take down posters and pack away toys.

 

Any remaining art should be neutral enough not to take away from any architectural highlights or beautiful views your home may have. Artwork and accessories should enhance the room, not distract the potential buyers from the room itself.