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June 22, 2010 / vancouverrealestateconnection

Successfully Prepare Your Home Before Potential Buyers See It – Part 1

Getting your home ready to sell is not easy. You may have lived in this house for years, and this means you are emotionally attached to it.  There is the spot on the carpet where your youngest dropped his first ice cream cone. In the garage, you have the place where you marked your children’s growth each year. These wonderful family memories are part of what makes a house a home, but they can be a real problem for you when it comes time to sell. Why is this? Because the people looking to buy your home want to see it as their home, not yours.

The first thing you must do to sell your home is to make it anonymous. What does this mean? Making a home anonymous means making it a home that all of your potential buyers can see themselves in.

To get an idea of how to do this, visit a home in a newly built community, there are many model homes open to the public. What you will find is a beautiful home with furnishings and decor but nothing personal. There will be no family pictures on the walls, no children’s drawings on the fridge, and nothing to indicate who lives there. When you walk into the house, you can picture your family moving right in.

This is how your home needs to look. Depersonalizing your home is an important part of the staging process. Your family treasures and trinkets are wonderful things, but they need to be removed while you are selling your home.

Think of it this way, you will have to pack up your house any way – you might as well start with the items that will help to make your home sell more quickly.

Take a tour of your home and look at it through the eyes of a buyer:

  • Remove anything that is only of value to you (children’s craft projects or unique items that are very specific to your tastes). If you could see someone else purchasing the item at a store, then it can stay.


  • All family photographs need to be taken down and stored.


  • Anything with a name on it should be removed.


While you will miss your personal treasures while you are selling your house, think about the fun and excitement your family will have when you get to open that storage locker and move those precious memories into your new house! With this technique, you will sell your house more quickly because each family that walks in the door will be able to picture the house as theirs.

Thanks for reading the Vancouver Real Estate Connection Blog!
Posted By: Amanda Goff – Marketing Specialist – The Goff Team
The Goff Team of Keller Williams Realty Premier Partners
specializing in Vancouver and Clark County Homes

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