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it is not about you

Selling Your Home? It is Not About You!

If you’ve ever heard the expression, “it is not about you,” it’s especially true when selling your home. My savvy and successful home sellers understand that concept 100%. It’s imperative if you want a fast sale and more money.

While working with out of town buyers, Cole and Emily over the weekend, I saw so many Home Staging rules being broken. Today’s photo is just one prime example. What’s wrong with this pantry? If you’re not sure, read through today’s post and I’ll address it at the end. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you may already know what I’m going to say.

Here are a few more home staging mistakes made by home sellers only to prove it is not about you:

• Home staging’s biggest mistake is personal photos throughout the house. Take them down and pack them for your move.

• Mixed use of spaces – keep the master bedroom as a sanctuary. It’s not a combo bedroom, office and workout room. What is the purpose of this room?

• Seller’s names painted on walls, plaques on the front door, “The Smith’s”, etc. – no buyer wants your name painted on their wall or on the front door. You’re telling your buyers it’s your house and they have a hard time seeing it as their house.

• Messy, cluttered, disorganized rooms and closets are very unappealing to buyers. Are you interested in buying someone’s messy home? Probably not!

• Houses that smell like food odors or wet dog have a famous saying, if you can smell it, you can’t sell it. We were at two different houses trying to figure out, “What’s that smell?”

• Poor attempts at home staging – random furniture doesn’t constitute home staging. One house that had been on the market for over a year had such mismatched furniture it was embarrassing.

Today’s buyers want to be impressed. If you expect them to pay top dollar for your house, you’d better step up to the plate and give them a great house worth buying. Take a little effort and prepare your house before you come on the market. By not doing that, you are only hurting your chances of selling your home quickly and for the most money.

On Saturday, Cole was thinking he was going backwards from their house in Denver. In the 10 or so houses we looked at, they were all pretty disappointing. I made the comment that it’s a shame what’s out there in the low $400,000 price range.

First thing Sunday we went to a new home subdivision and voila, Cole and Emily came alive! It was invigorating to see them so excited to find a new home that spoke more to their style than anything we had seen on Saturday. They now have a renewed interest in moving to Kansas City.

What’s wrong with this pantry?

First of all, you have to ask yourself, what’s the purpose of a kitchen pantry? A pantry is designed to store food. If you have a large enough pantry, it could also be used to store things like extra small appliances or pots and pans. Anything having to do with food could go in your pantry but shoes, cleaning supplies, brooms, etc. should be stored away from the food. Having a pantry that looks like this when your home is for sale, is a turn-off to potential buyers. What’s in your pantry?

Cole and Emily flew back to Colorado Sunday night with a great expectation of what’s to come for them relocating to Kansas City. They also learned a few new home staging tips they can use when selling their home in Denver. The most important tip for home sellers was – it is not about you – it’s about your buyers!

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