Disconnecting your emotions
You will often find that when talking
to your real estate agent they will discuss with you about buying real
estate, they will refer to your purchase as a "home." Yet if you are
selling property, they will often refer to it as a "house." There is a
reason for this. Buying real estate is often an emotional decision, but
when selling real estate you need to remove your emotions from the
You need to think of your house as a marketable commodity. Property.
Real estate. Your goal is to get others to see it as their potential
home, not yours. If you do not consciously make this decision, you can
inadvertently create a situation where it takes longer to sell your
The first step in getting your home ready to sell is to "de-personalize"
De-Personalizing Your Home
The reason you want to make your home "anonymous" is because you want
buyers to view it as their potential home. When a potential homebuyer
sees your family photos hanging on the wall, it puts your own brand on
the home and momentarily shatters their illusions about living in the
Be sure to put away any family photos, sports trophies, collectibles,
knick-knacks, and souvenirs as part of preparing your house to sell.
This will aid in your mission to remove "clutter" and create more space.
See How to "enlarge" your rooms
Consider this - If you were to visit a new
model home you may notice there may be a baseball glove in the boy's
bedroom, but no family photos on the walls. Why you may ask? It gives
the home "personality" - but no person to attach it to. ;)