The First Steps To Take When You're Getting Ready To Sell Your Home

Posted by Jennifer Dollar on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 10:22am

home_interiors_2608Getting ready to sell your home isn't only about making changes to your home.  You also need to change the way that you look at your home for sale so that you can let go and so that you can makes changes that potential buyers will find appealing.  Here are some of the ways that you can get yourself and your home ready for the sale of this home.

It's Not Your House Anymore

This is the first thing you need to make peace with.  You are selling your home so it is no longer yours.  You might a well make peace with that fact before it is even sold.  This will make the next steps easier as you are no longer going to be making this home attractive to you but attractive to others looking to find a home.  Be ready to leave this house behind so that you can throw yourself into the rest of the process without reservations.

See With Fresh Eyes

You no longer want to decorate your home according to your personal taste but with an eye to please potential buyers.  If you cannot do this then you might want to seek out some help.  Ask friends who will tell you the truth about what you should change about your home to make it more attractive to buyers or hire a professional who does home staging for a living.  This will help you to make your home more attractive for those who want to find a home to buy and will reinforce the idea that this is no longer your home.

Change Everything From Being Your Home To Being A Home For Anyone

You want this home to be just a home for sale and not clearly your home.  This means that you want to start packing up all those family photos that you have around the house.  Potential home buyers need to be able to find a home that they can picture themselves living in and this is easier when it doesn't look like someone else already lives there.  If you leave photos and other personal items lying around then people will wonder about what it is like for you to live there instead of thinking about buying the home and living there themselves. 

Get Rid Of The Clutter

If you have books, movies, shoes, or knickknacks strewn around your house then now is the time to get rid of them.  Pack them away if you want them and throw them away if you don't need them.  This is another step in making the house more presentable and opening the space up enough that other people will be able to see the home for sale as being theirs.  Basically, you want just enough furniture and decoration to allow buyers to easily picture themselves living in the home.  Let them fill in the details using the semi blank slate that you are providing for them.

These are the first steps you want to take to get your home ready for sale.  Letting go of your connection to the house and accepting that you are now preparing for someone else to live there will make the process of changing your home to attract others much easier.  These aren't the only steps you have to take to prepare a home for sale but they are the exact steps you should take to get started.

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