Sharon Tara, my favorite New Hampshire Home Stager, reminds us of the importance of removing certain items when your property is on the market. You don't want to leave out items that could give Buyers clues as to your current status which could be used as leverage when negotiating,or hints about who lives there.
Take some precautions to help the sale of your house run smoothly!
Most people only sell a house once or twice in their life. Most home sellers are inexperienced and, without the right team of professionals supporting them, make many mistakes during the process.
As a professional Home Stager in New Hampshire I advise sellers on preparation and presentation and help them avoid the costly mistakes other sellers are making.
A very common mistake that sellers make is to expose their vulnerability. They leave clues throughout the home....clues that can and WILL be used against them.
A cabinet full of medications, a breathing machine by the bed, a walker and/or wheelchair left in view....all indications of medical issues.
A medical issue suggests the seller may be desperate to sell.
Anything that may suggest a medical issue, divorce situation, and/or financial problems could result in buyers taking advantage.
Buyers aren't the only ones a seller should worry about. Bad guys look at MLS pictures and attend open houses too.
Opening your home to strangers can put your family at risk. Safety should also be a concern!
Here are some examples of safety issues I've dealt with recently:
- Child's name displayed on bedroom wall, on chair, on clothing.
- Family photos showing children.
- Master bedroom closet only had young woman's clothing in it....sending message she lived there alone.
- Gun cabinet in bedroom and knife collection in family room.
- Two large jewelry boxes in bedroom.
- Paperwork with financial information or medical bills in view.
Sellers Beware: Everything You Show Can And Will Be Used Against You!
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