Selling a home is a stressful time for anyone. Emotions run high in the selling process – after all, a given home-seller has been living in their home for years, and detaching themselves from a place they’ve become so familiar with can be harrowing. However, if you’re looking to sell a home in Hamilton County, you absolutely must detach from and depersonalize the property before it goes on the market, or you may wind up paying the price in more ways than one.
Detaching Will Let You Sell With Confidence
It’s understandable that you may feel tied to a property, even if you’re interested in selling it. However, if you don’t make the effort to detach yourself, you won’t be able to stage, sell, and move on with the confidence and determination you need. For many home-sellers, the act of packing up an old home and setting up in a new property helps the detachment process in and of itself. A home that’s already been emptied of its personal flair is far easier to detach from and begin the staging and selling process. Don’t let the process drag on for any longer than it has to – the longer you take, the harder it is to completely let go, and the more stress you welcome into the process. Bringing a professional stager or real estate agent into the process can help keep you on track, as well as organize the proceedings.
Make Your Buyers Feel at Home
The goal of staging is to make your buyers picture themselves into your home. If your home is too personalized to your own tastes, this becomes more difficult. A buyer who walks into a personalized property may feel like more of a guest (or worse, an intruder) rather than someone interested in a purchase. Keep your style and staging neutral, and geared to appeal to wider tastes. Take down family photographs and replace them with colorful art prints, repaint walls in whites and grays, and stage with comfortable-looking, tasteful furniture pieces. Make your rooms look homey, and tailored to garner wide appeal – avoid making your buyers feel alienated at all costs.
Keep Your Personal Life to Yourself
A home that seems to tell a sordid tale about its current residents works against you in a number of ways. For example, a buyer sees that the home’s adult residents have clearly been sleeping in different rooms – they may conclude that a home is being sold by a divorcing couple, and further assume that they are desperate to sell the home as quickly as possible. This leads to the buyer offering a lower price than originally asked, and leads to them being less likely to budge on their offer. Other common culprits of this are evidence of a recently empty nest (graduation pictures, decorated bedrooms being used as storage), or evidence of personal strife (such as an individual looking to sell the property of a recently-deceased family member). Do not allow your home to give any indication that you are desperate to sell your property, even if it is the case – you’ll end up with buyers who will attempt to take advantage of that desperation with lowball offers.
Depersonalized staging can be tricky when it comes to styling a home that you’ve lived in for years. Ask a drab to fab staging agent for strategies, advice, and service to make your home look primed and ready to sell for more on the market. Skip the stress and schedule an appointment to speak with the pros today.