By Rob Howard / HGTV
Prepare your home for resale and make it marketable to potential buyers by following these 10 smart and simple tips straight from a real estate agent.
Remove Personal Photos
People can be very photogenic, but many clients are distracted by portraits of the sellers, and miss out on key selling points of the home. As an amateur photographer, I love displaying my work, but if I’m selling my house, art will be displayed without people in it. No matter how nice the display, personal photos are just that: too personal.
My clients usually know what they like best about their home. It’s usually what they saw that made them want to buy, or it’s something that they added to make the home particularly special. Whether it is a staircase, a great view from the kitchen sink, stunning built-in bookshelves or a three-car garage, do something to make the buyers linger in that magic space.
My favorite example of unnecessary and unwelcome kitsch is the pink pig sitting on the fridge door asking if you’re eating again. It oinks when your potential buyer opens the refrigerator. This and other comical quips are great fun when you’re living in your home, not when you’re trying to sell it. Especially avoid politically-charged material that expresses strong opinions. You don’t want a potential buyer to dislike you for your beliefs, move all questionable material out of sight.