Saturday, February 9, 2019 / by Shayla Morford
Several strangers (to say it lightly) will be touring through your home while you are away, grading and judging the condition and value, scrutinizing the home and how you live. How intimidating!
But does it have to be?
As a seasoned vet buyers agent, I know what buyers are seeing when they previewing your home. Please, please, for everyone's time and sanity, de-clutter your home as best you can. I know this sounds like "move your junk" but it really means taking the time to move those pesky cords bundled up near your desk, or minimize your "presence" in the house. It’s a home to you but a house to potential buyers walking through and there is nothing more distracting than a buyer stopping to look at EVERY family photo to see if they might know someone. The less the buyer see's of you, the more they can use their imagination to see themselves in your space. Distractions such as the largest Mickey Mouse collection in WA can be quite distracting to the real point of why buyers are actually there.
The most helpful thing a seller can do to make their home presentable is clean. Stained carpets? Dirty grout? These are little ticks that a potential buyer adds up against your home as they walk through. Too many ticks and they are out. Its OK if you have an oven from the 70's in your house, as long as its presentable and in working order. People often judge how clean the home is as a measuring tool to how well kept the rest of the home is. Have a friend over to help identify areas you may be "blind" to.
A good Realtor will be able to spot the distractions or items that might be frowned on in a buyers mind before the home is available. Thus giving you a heads up that there is a cats sized dust bunny in your refrigerator vent or the sentimental family heirloom of great grandmas is in sight. That’s another thing. Anything you wouldn’t want to "walk" away at an open house or showing should be kept in a safe or on your person, just in case. It’s a terrible world out there sometimes, but not in your home if I can help it.
In the end, there is no need to strip your home down to only a bed and shower curtain, but your moving anyway (hopefully) so give yourself a head start and pack up those collections, strange hobbies and valuables before going live and buyers can see what they truly came for. Can they imagine themselves in your home in the future?