One of the most important strategies of property staging is to de-personalize your home in order to receive prospective buyers. The home is a place which represents us in form and function. It is a collection of all our possessions, our sense of décor and our lifestyle sensibility. However, when selling your home, it is vital to remove you from the environment and allow buyers to see themselves living in your house, in order to attract quality offers. This is the exact purpose of de-personalization.
This guide will explain why residences should be thoroughly de-personalized prior to listing them for sale, as well as extolling the tangible benefits these properties will enjoy once on the market.
How to De-Personalize Your Home
It is easy to de-personalize the interior space of your home with some simple and effectual guidance:
First, remove all collections of any type or size. Collections displayed outright have a tendency of cluttering your home and also fixate potential buyers on your stuff, rather than making them concentrate on the house itself. Pack these collections away, as you will be moving soon anyway.
Next, take down large groupings of family photos which will also draw buyer attention. A few photos on the wall are fine, but avoid placing many framed photos on any piece of furniture. These memories may be wonderful for you, but prospective buyers see these groupings as generally dusty and distracting reminders of someone else’s life.
Finally, remove any furniture, art, paint, wallpaper or other details which are too taste-specific. While it is true that buyers are not purchasing your style or possessions, these details still pass on a negative vibe to many potential purchasers, especially if they do not share your sense of décor.
De-Personalize Your Home Conundrums
Many sellers do not want to part with their personal possessions, furniture or color palates. They claim that these are the things which make their house a home. Of course, this is true and a completely justified attitude. However, remember that home staging is not meant to insult your taste or style. It is intended to do one thing and one thing only: Help you to sell your home, by making it more appealing to a larger pool of prospective buyers.
Do not be offended if your home stager asks you to change things about your residence. This is why you hired them and this is why you are paying them. They can look at your property objectively and find issues which may be pleasing to you, but horrifying to buyers.
Come on people, you have to compromise to get the house sold and if de-personalizing your home will get the job done faster and more profitably, then you can not complain. You will be free to model your new home in any style you see fit, once the present sale is finalized.
De-Personalize Your Home Guidance
Your life is wonderful for you. Other people are not looking to buy your life or model themselves after your preferences. They want their own lives.
Home staging strategy is all about making every buyer see themselves living in your home happily and in complete peace and tranquility, regardless of their personal definition of those terms. It is about selling a lifestyle image and you will have to get on-board to make the plan work successfully. Just tell yourself that all these changes are for a good reason and will only be temporary lifestyle alterations.
Many of my clients initially complain that they have too much to do, by packing-up so many things, before putting their houses on the market. I tell them that they better make the time and that they will thank me in a few weeks.
Well, almost without exception, they follow my staging advice and pack-up lots of personal possessions for the big move. They receive several quality offers and sell their homes far faster than they had planned. In their thank you notes, they often mention how being almost fully packed saved them so much time and money, since they are now counting on being in their new home much sooner than they had originally planned. This is a thank you that I can truly appreciate.