As I’m rolling out of bed, I often remind myself that “successful people make their bed”. This statement probably originated from a John Tesh “Intelligence for Your Life” radio blurb, but nevertheless, it stuck.
Indeed, it is true of the successful home seller. Veterans of the home selling process know Rule #1 is to rid your home of personalization – photographs, monogrammed pillows, etc. But, far too many rookies leave more than their name on the welcome mat.
Some photos of homes for sale are humorous. Half-eaten bowls of cereal, attack cats ready to pounce, a note on the frig boldly stating “Colonoscopy Tuesday”. Most are minor items, a garbage bag left by the backdoor, a crooked picture, or a hose stretched across the yard.
But they all draw attention away from the awesomeness of your home. And the last thing you want to do is cause a potential buyer to cringe at the sight of dirty socks on the floor.
Tips for staging:
- Have someone else walk through your home and identify items that need to go.
- Remove unneeded items, clean, tidy-up with the less is more philosophy.
- Walk to the doorway of each room and stand. Notice what your eye is drawn to first and try to see the room from a visitor’s perspective.
- Take pictures with your digital camera/phone to discover items that need to be removed from the shot.
Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to sell your home! Now, please don’t forget to make your bed. 🙂
*As a side note, to make your bed every day, you must first get out of it, and that just may be the key to the correlation.