Simple Ways to Attract More Buyers
In setting the stage to get your home ready for sale, depersonalization is best explained as eliminating your personal tastes or neutralizing the space while still trying to make it feel warm and inviting. Most people fall in love with their home, making them an extension of their style and personality. They make it unique and specific to themselves, which can be distracting to potential buyers. This is the purpose of depersonalization: allowing buyers to picture themselves making their new home out of your home for sale.
First Steps to Depersonalization
The process of depersonalization should begin as soon as the homeowner decides to sell. Here are some tips to get you started:
Wall Coverings - If your home has wall treatments such as upholstery, wallpaper or stencils that have not been updated, it is advisable that you remove or replace them. Buyers may have a difficult time seeing beyond patterns and designs that are old or unfashionable.
Wall Decor - Putting personal effects like sports memorabilia, autographed musical equipment and family photos into storage is recommended as they as distractions for potential buyers. Clocks, mirrors and pieces of art should be evaluated to determine if they present the proper neutrality for the home.
Colour Palette – Using a neutral colour palette can help you present a “blank canvas” to the buyer. Being aware of the underlying tones for the colours that you choose can help you bring out the character of the room without insinuating your own personality. For example, if you choose a shade of beige with gold or tan undertones, utilize those colours for accents where appropriate.
Collections – Neutrality shouldn’t just apply to the color palette; it should also be applicable to the subject matter of the collections around your home. Neutral books or magazines about architecture or food may be appropriate for display, but other reading materials should be hidden or even turned inward to hide the spine. Collections of religious artefacts and niche subject matter should be removed.
Neutralize By Room
While the above tips are helpful for a top-level view of how to depersonalize your home, it can be even more beneficial to have a clear idea of what to watch out for in each specific area of the home. Here are some room-by-room tips to depersonalize your home for sale:
Living Room - This will likely be the first room that your potential buyers see and will act as the front line for your interior presentation. Consider all of the aforementioned tips from removing collections and photos to neutralizing the colour palette of your walls and furniture.
Bedroom -This is likely the most personal space in your house and you will want to dedicate a significant amount of your consideration to this room. In addition to personal items, it will be crucial to consider the overall design of the room. It may be worthwhile to purchase new bedding to match the neutral colour scheme.
Kitchen - The kitchen is typically the most utilitarian room of the house, but there are still a few items you may want to keep an eye out for. Remove any magnets or artwork from the refrigerator, and consider removing small appliances from your countertops and instead, place them neatly in your cabinetry.
Bathroom - The bathroom is a functional room like the kitchen except for the presence of personal products. Soap, razors, deodorant and more personal items should be hidden away. Consider that the buyer will want to look through the cabinetry and examine the storage capability of the area, so use decorative and matching baskets to store these items neatly away.Detaching from the personality of your home can be difficult, but these tips will help guide you through the process of depersonalizing your home, helping your buyers realize their own potential to live in the space, and ultimately see the sale.
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