When a buyer views your home for sale, they want to visualize themselves living there. They want to imagine cooking in the kitchen, relaxing in the living room, and enjoying get-togethers with family and friends.
However, when they see a baseball trophy on the mantle with your name on it, that visualization crumbles. That’s why it’s smart to depersonalize your home as much as possible when selling.
You don’t have to go too far. Simply do what you can to remove items that scream “We live here!” Consider stowing items such as:
- Trophies, diplomas, certificates and anything else with a name prominently displayed on it.
- Personal and family pictures.
- Mementos, knickknacks and other items of a personal nature.
- Notes, pictures, etc. on a fridge door or bulletin board.
Depersonalizing is a proven staging strategy that can help sell your home faster and for a better price. Depending on the number of personal items you have, you may be able to display them between viewings.
Debbie Tsintaris is a LOCAL REALTOR® in the Waterloo Region offering expert real estate services in Waterloo and surrounding areas in Southwestern Ontario.