Prepare Yourself and Your House For Sale
Disassociate Yourself From Your Home
- Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house – a product to be sold.”
- Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
- Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
- Say goodbye to every room.
- Don’t look backwards – look toward the future.
- Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers sometimes can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls. You want them to say, “I can see myself living here.”
- If you don’t need it or use it, donate it or throw it away.
- Remove all books from bookcases.
- Pack up knickknacks.
- Clean off kitchen counters.
- Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
- Think of this process as a head start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.
Organize Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets
Imagine what a buyer believes about your space (and you) if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:
- Alphabetize spice jars.
- Neatly stack dishes.
- Turn coffee cup handles facing the same directions.
- Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
- Line up shoes.
Rent a Storage Unit
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and wondering, “What is this room used for?”