It’s an odd feeling, having potential buyers walking through your house to get a feel for it. You want to sell, but in the meantime you still hold ownership. When you’re ready to start showing your home, you may feel apprehensive about the process. With these straightforward precautions in place, you can preserve your privacy while also effectively showing your home.
Start packing up photographs, diplomas, yearbooks and baseball trophies early on in the game. You don’t need to leave information about your life lying around; it’s not going t help sell your house. Seeing too much of the life you’ve built in your home leaves potential buyers focused on what type of people you are, instead of focusing on the condition of your home.
Clear Out Closets and Cupboards
A desk or dresser drawer isn’t really fair game (though you may want to err on the side of caution when it comes to inviting strangers to your home), but structural parts of the house such as cupboards and closets or kitchen drawers are bound to be inspected. Even if you’re in a hurry to sell, you need to take the time to empty any and all personal effects from these areas in your house.
Protect Your Mail
There are plenty of reasons not to leave your mail in an easily located spot, but one of the main reasons is that your mail can contain sensitive information about your financial affairs or the value of your home. Protect these assets as though they were cash.
As a seller, your objective is to create a staged home that says nearly nothing about your life or personality. This means that you should basically remove all trace of yourself from the place that you live, which is difficult but beneficial. If your house offers insight into the life that you’ve lived while inside it, it’s saying more than you want it to.