When you are selling, one of the first steps you should undertake is decluttering and depersonalising the space. When we are bringing buyers through your property after the preparation is complete, we don’t want them to feel like they are *in someone else’s home*. We want them to imagine themselves in the space and feel like it’s a neutral space, ready for them to make their own. Here are 5 great tips to follow but I can give you a more exhaustive list when we work together to prepare your home for sale.
1. It’s not personal
Removing some of the personal items which you have collected along your life journey may feel like it’s a direct attack on your style or aesthetic. Most homes I go into are very welcoming and I love the way they are decorated to suit the personality of the individuals who live there. But, that’s the very point – those items are very specific to you and your family, so it’s best to take away any emotional attachment to where they are placed in your home and store them, ready to be re-instated in all their glory in your new house.
2. Packing time
As you are going through this initial process, it’s best to start the packing process and put everything you have taken off the walls into boxes marked with the type of item and where they should be placed in your new home. Then, look for a storage facility or talk to me about the best place to start storing them in your home for during the sale – or to remove just prior to your place hitting the market.
3. Look out for controversial decorations
We want to make sure we are attracting every possible person to walk through your home so that we don’t miss the perfect buyer. Remove any potentially controversial artwork like Nudes, religious items, posters with rude language or items which could be seen as divisive. What you find tasteful or edgy can sometimes be seen as shocking and make potential buyers feel like your home is not the right fit for them – even if it’s not a permanent fixture. Remember, the sale of your biggest asset is at stake so it’s important to remember the first point – It’s Not Personal.
4. Take your hobbies out of the equation
It’s time to put away the sporting trophies, pack down the sewing machine and remove all the photos of you and friends on that camping trip. Anything that could be seen as specific to you – it’s got to go.
5. Get a third party in to help you make the right decisions
I can come to your home and give you an exhaustive list of what to keep and what to pack so that you know what you need to achieve before the next step in the process. We can also get a stylist to come over and discuss what the space could look like without your personal belongings and with a few tweaks added from their vast warehouses. Lastly, if you feel like you’ve got a huge job on your hands, it might be time to call in the big guns and use our de-cluttering experts who walk through your entire home, help you to make choices then do the packing for you!