When it comes to selling your home, there are a few things you must do before your real estate agent lists it. Not only do you have to price it competitively, you must remove items that could hinder the sale. Here are 5 essential items to remove before listing your house to sell.
An organized home feels fresh and inviting. When your space is filled with things that you haven’t used in years, it can be difficult for buyers to picture themselves living in your house.
Take a few weeks before you list your home to sort through your items. Decide which items that you want to keep, give away or discard.
At first, it may be difficult for you to detach from your belongings. Don’t be alarmed if you feel this way. Studies suggest that many people are neurologically attached to their stuff.
Some things are easier to discard than others. Start the decluttering process with the following items.
- Condiment packages
- Plastic forks, spoons and knives
- Old cords
- Old eyeglasses
- Unused accessories
- Clothes and shoes that don’t fit
- Old remote controls
- Takeout menus
- Product manuals
2. Family Pictures
Buyers should be able to see themselves enjoying every room of your house. If your home is filled with family pictures, it will be difficult for them to feel an attachment to your home.
Remove all of your family pictures from your walls, tables and dressers. Put them in a box in your closet or basement until you move to your next home.
One benefit of removing your pictures is it will help you begin to detach from your home. For many homeowners, detaching from their homes can be difficult.
It’s best to start the detachment process early in the listing process. When you sell your home, it will be easier for you to hand over the keys to the new buyers without looking back.
3. Odd Paint Colors
The unique paint color in your bedroom may be appealing to you. However, potential buyers may be turned off by the color.
Painting is an inexpensive way to prepare your home to be listed. A fresh coat of paint makes a room look clean and welcoming.
When you paint your home, you should select a warm, neutral color that will appeal to every buyer. Paint colors that can increase your chances of selling your home include white, grey, powder blue, taupe and light yellow.
4. Bulky and Unnecessary Furniture
If your king-sized bed takes up the majority of your bedroom, it may be too large for the space. This is fine if it’s your personal preference.
However, bulky furniture can be confusing for potential buyers. At first glance, they might not be able to determine if the room is too small or the furniture is too big.
Take an honest assessment of every room in your home. Does the room have furniture that doesn’t serve a purpose? Are the pieces too large for the space?
Buyers purchase new homes for square footage. If they think your home isn’t large enough to meet their needs, they will find a more suitable space.
5. Personalized Decor
From plaques that list your family members’ names to personalized gates, there are plenty of ways to customize your home. Although this may be impressive for you, potential buyers won’t feel the same way. Remove all personalized decor including monogrammed towels and personalized welcome mats.
By removing these items, you will let buyers know that your home is ready to be sold to the person with the most attractive offer.