Take Your Personality Out of Your House

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How to Take Your Personality Out of Your Home

When selling your home a good agent will suggest  to the sellers is to de-personalize their home.  Too much personality in the home can be a distraction for potential homebuyers.

If you visit a model home in a new sub-division you will notice most model homes have neutral colored rooms, rugs, and décor. There is a reason for this. It is to give them a clean pallette to help them visualize themselves living in that home.


Here are a few tips for depersonalizing your home:


  • Remove pictures: Displaying family photos in the home is a great way to show that you made this place a home. However, when it comes to selling, it’s best to remove these photos. Too many pictures and frames can make it difficult for potential homebuyers to visualize themselves and their family living there.


  • Remove personal belongings: If you are still living in the home that you are selling, this will be a challange.  It’s impossible for you to remove everything you own from a home when you are still living there. However, it is important to clean up and hide certain personal belongings when you can.  Placing these items in storage or just finding places around the house to store them while trying to sell is best.


  • Neutral colored walls: Paint is a way of expressing yourself in your home,  it showcases your personality. Drastic color schemes on either side of the color wheel can throw buyers off, especially if it contains colors that they are not really fond of. It will make it difficult for them to visualize how they would decorate that room. If this sounds like you, it’s a good idea to go to the store and pick up some neutral tones and get to painting.


  • Furniture: Staging is everything. You may have set up your living room or bedroom a certain way because that’s how you like it. However, that may not be the optimal use of that space. It’s best to do some research or hire a professional to assist with this.


Whenever possible it’s best to provide the homebuyer with a clean slate. Neutral colors and removing personal belongings will only increase the chances that potential homebuyers will envision themselves living there and hopefully make an offer. Depersonalizing your home is just one tactic for prepping your home for selling. If you are looking to sell quickly, be sure to read all the tips and tricks there are to getting you’re home sold


Posted by
Jim Sinnott
Graduate of Real Estate Institute,GRI

Bedard Realty
500 East Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA02760
cell: 508-944-1274
office 508-699-5588
 Licensed in MA and RI
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Good tips, although I know many folks who keep some photos up...

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