With continuing signs of improvement in the Bonita Springs Florida real estate market, many homeowners are now in a position to begin preparations to sell their home. It's important to present the home in a way that prospective buyers will be encouraged to imagine themselves and their families in this new space, and this brings us to the subject of depersonalization.
While we all know that it is the personal touches that make a house a home, it is important to take a few steps that will present the home in a warm and attractive light, without the personal touches that associate the home to the current owners. One might consider safety factors, as well, for it may not be wise to allow browsing strangers to be exposed to certain personal items.
Remove Family Pictures and Heirlooms
Some of the first items to remove before showing the home are photos and paintings of members of the family and precious family heirlooms. They can be replaced with attractive images and items that are more generic such as landscapes, still life images, animals, or abstract images that do not overpower the room. Don't forget to remove easily overlooked images and personal papers from the refrigerator and walls of the kitchen and personal office, along with calendars with notations of family members' schedules and appointments.
Collections of magazines, DVDs, CDs, and accessory artwork and furniture items can be visually distracting to prospective buyers and should be removed. Take care to organize bookshelves in an attractive manner that adds to the overall appeal of the home without attracting too much attention.
A Fresh Coat of Neutral Colored Paint
Paint colors and wallpapers certainly add a personal touch to a home. When preparing a home for sale, it's best that the walls be painted in neutral colors that will not prematurely designate a room for any particular purpose. The current pink or purple child's bedroom may wind up being utilized as a personal office for the new residents, so it's best to invite the prospective buyer to imagine their use of the room.
A clean carpet goes a long way to assist with the selling of a home as long as the color and texture of the carpet are not dominant. When one lives in a home for an extended period, it is easy to overlook the personalized effect that these features have added to one's experience of living there. It would be more effective towards one's purpose of selling a home to replace a turquoise blue, pink, or other strongly tinted carpet. An attractive bare hardwood floor can invite the prospective buyer to use their imagination for the use of the room and will allow the new homeowner to make their personal choices for flooring treatments.
Window Treatments and Bedding
One should take an objective look at the window treatments that are used throughout the home, since the goal is to present each room as neutral as possible. Draperies, shades, and blinds tend to dictate the use of the room. While a master bedroom will most likely continue to be utilized as a master bedroom, make an effort to present the room in a way that does not designate it as feminine or masculine through the use of window treatments and bedding.
Many homeowners enjoy creating landscape designs that incorporate vegetable gardens, compost piles, and winding pathways that lead to hidden garden rooms. One must consider the value that the new owners may place on these features, and be prepared to make moderations to one's landscape design if one intends to sell the home quickly. While it is possible that a prospective buyer will find enchantment with the current design, it may take time to find that particular buyer. This is a personal and sometimes difficult decision that must be made if one has invested a lot of time, money, and sweat-equity into one's garden.
If one takes the time and effort to depersonalize one's home before an open house event or privately showing one's home, the chances of selling a home are greatly increased. Try to present the home as a kind of "blank canvas" that the prospective buyer can visualize painting their new life into without going to the extreme of stark coldness. Many of one's personal items that are removed can be the first things packed and labeled, which will move one closer to the goal of transitioning into one's new space.