One of the most important things that you can do when selling your house is to depersonalize. When you depersonalize your house it gives potential buyers opportunity to place themselves there. They can picture their personal stuff on display in your home.
The more personal things in your house when showing, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. As a general rule get rid of at least a third of your stuff. Depersonalize your house. Put your stuff in storage or simply get rid of it.
Many of my clients rent storage units. Some have been know to store their things with a friend or family member during the selling process. Another very convenient system for storage while selling your house are POD’s. POD’s is a company that will set a storage container in your driveway. When the container is full it will be trucked to whatever location you desire. This is especially convenient when selling your home as sometimes you’re not sure when or where you will be moving to. When you do easily sell your home yourself and find your next one the unpacking will be easy.
Take down any personal photos, family pictures, collections, sports memorabilia, religious artifacts and anything else that says you. That says “this is who I am”. Besides the fact it will be hard for potential buyers to see themselves in this house you also run the risk of actually offending some people.
Selling your home and moving is also a great time to purge. Decide what you really want to take with you to your new home. Once you’ve gone through all your stuff while packing you can discard or donate everything you don’t want or need. This will make selling your current home easier. Your new home then will start fresh.
A properly staged and depersonalized house can feel like home, a fresh space and a blank canvas all at the same time. That’s what you want to convey.