Whether you’ve lived in your home for one year or ten years, you’ve likely made many happy memories there. You’ve filled each room with pictures, decor, furniture, and other items that speak to your tastes and personality, as well as the tastes and personalities of your family members. At Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors® in Bakersfield, we know that it can be difficult to sell your home, but with the help of our team, you can find the perfect buyer.
One thing that’s important to do before putting your home on the market is to depersonalize each room. We’ve talked about this in a previous post, but it’s an important topic that’s worth covering again!
Take Down Photos
A potential buyer wants to envision themselves living in the house, and that can be difficult if they see pictures of you and your family all over the place. You don’t have to remove every picture in the house, but it can be smart to remove a good number of them before putting the house up for sale. You might be updating the paint colors on the walls (which we’ll cover later in this post), so you’re going to have to remove photographs and artwork anyway.
Clear Out the Clutter
When someone attends an open house or schedules a viewing of your home, they’re likely going to want to see how much storage space the property has. If the closets and cupboards are crammed with clutter, they’re not going to be able to see how much space there is (and they may think you’re a bit of a slob). Clearing at least a third of the items out of each closet, cabinet, and cupboard can help people get a sense of how much storage is in the house and how they can utilize those spaces, should they be the one to purchase your home.
Update Wall Colors
As we mentioned above, you might be updating the paint colors on certain walls throughout the house. When you moved in several years ago, you may have painted the bedroom a brighter color or added a new color as an accent in the living room. While you and your family may enjoy these colors, not everyone will share your same tastes. Painting the walls a more neutral color can help your home appear more like a “blank slate” for a new owner to do with what they want. It can also help prevent a potential buyer from seeing what they may need to upgrade, instead of simply enjoying their time looking at your home.
Contact Us Today
If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, then it’s never too early to start depersonalizing. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes and think about what you’d want to see (or not want to see) in a house. As for getting your home listed and getting the best offers, our team can help with that. Give us a call today to get started.