Is Your Home too Personal for the Market?

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 12:21pm.

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If you’re trying to sell your home, you may be looking at your home as real gem. It’s got the kitchen you love because the kids always help you bake cookies in there and it has the bedroom painted your son’s favorite color making it fit him so well.

You may even have your home office covered in diplomas and trophies while the hallway displays your favorite family photos. The problem with the house you’ve personalized to your family’s wants and needs is that when you go to sell it, a buyer is going to feel like a guest in your home rather than envisioning a life of their own in this house. When you’re ready to sell, here is how to make your home have less of your personality.

Repainting

The first thing you need to do is neutralize the paint colors. Not all families are going to want that bold red bathroom you’ve painted or the bright yellow dining room. Choosing neutral colors throughout the house allows buyers to be able to either make their belongings fit right into the house as is or at least have a lighter shade to paint over when they’re ready to choose their own color. This could cost up to $1,000 depending on the amount of rooms you have but it’s worth it to help sell the home.

Remove photos and personal items

No buyers want to see your family’s photos throughout the house. They’ll feel like a guest visiting your house rather than feel like it’s an available home that their family could make a life in. Take down anything on display that is too personal including photos, diplomas and heirlooms.

Display Rooms Correctly

Make sure the rooms are displayed as the rooms they are intended to be. A dining room should not be decorated as a home office just because that is what you used it for; buyers want to see a typical dining room to picture entertaining friends someday. If one bedroom was used as extra storage, turn it back into a bedroom for the sale. Make the house appeal to a buyer rather than show them how you lived your life here.

The key to removing personalization from the home is to detach emotionally and to make it look less like you and more like a home that anyone would love to live in.

Kris Lindahl
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