De-Personalize and De-Clutter
We have all heard the staging diva’s mantra of “de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter,” when looking to ready your home for sale, but adding De-Personalize to the mantra would add extra pow to the punch. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be looking at your book choices and family photos thinking “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” What you want instead is them to look at your house as a blank canvas that allows them to say “I can see myself living here.”
To get started, bring three boxes into each room with you – one for garbage, one for donations, and one for personal photographs and family heirlooms. Packing up family photos and memorabilia serves two purposes: 1) you want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there, and 2) if the buyer can’t see it (chandelier or other piece of furniture) then they can’t include it in their offer. Remove all the books from the bookcases, pack up or donate knickknacks, clean off the kitchen counters. If you haven’t used it in a year…donate or throw away! Think of it as a start on the packing you will be doing anyway when the house is sold. When the room looks like no one has lived in it, you are finished de-cluttering and de-personalizing this spot, and it is time to move on to the next room.