How to Depersonalize Your Home Before Selling
- By Tori Toth
When selling a home, you want potential buyers to visualize themselves living in your space. One way to help with that connection is to remove any personal items in your home that might distract a buyer from envisioning it as their own.
Watch as home staging expert Tori Toth explains what items and decor you should hide or pack up before putting your home on the market.
TORI: Looking to appeal to homebuyers when selling a property? Focus on disassociating and depersonalizing your space.
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TORI: Before listing your home for sale, it’s important to take a detailed look at your property to determine if a buyer can see its true potential. Remember, as a home seller you’re selling the property, NOT your personal “stuff.”
TORI: That’s why home stagers request distractions be removed from the property, so a buyer can concrete on the positive features of the home. Here are a few items home sellers should pack, remove or store before showcasing their property on the market.
TORI: Collectible Chaos. Start by packing away collectible sets and hobby materials on display around your home. This includes sports memorabilia, figurines, DVDs, crafts and even school awards and medals. Eliminate items like these unless the hobby or collectible could relate to the buyers’ potential lifestyle.
TORI: Sentimental Belongings. Oftentimes, home sellers have items that hold sentimental value, which keeps them emotionally attached to that belonging. Items like family portraits, posed photographs, heirlooms and artifacts are objects that should be removed when selling a property. You want buyers to visualize themselves living in the home, rather than see the seller reflected in the space.
TORI: Day-to-Day Clutter. When preparing a home for sale, have a system in place to corral magazines, newspapers, mail and other paperwork to avoid paper clutter. Also, keep surfaces clear of reminders, family calendars and schedules to help protect your privacy while on the market.
TORI: Conceal Hygiene Habits. Before an open house, make sure to put away any bath or beauty products used in the bathroom. It’s also a good idea to put any medications safely away. This will not only help alleviate cluttered surfaces, but may help conceal your hygiene habits and protect your medical history.
TORI: Personal Decor Tastes. Many times, home stagers will suggest a neutral paint color or to pare down furniture, if it’s crowding a room. The property’s decor should be neutralized to make rooms feel light, airy and spacious.
TORI: Remember, potential buyers should take note of the home, not the collections or people who live there. If you’re planning on selling your home, ask yourself: can you tell who currently lives in the space? If any items on display show a specific age, taste or habit, then it’s time to depersonalize. Happy selling!