You’ve searched hundreds of listings, toured countless houses and you’ve finally found the perfect place to call home. Now it’s time to sell your current house. Once you’ve found your new dream home, there’s no doubt that you want to sell your current home quickly. So, what are the secrets to selling your home quickly? Read on to get honest need-to-know advice about how to help your home appeal to more people while preparing to sell.

Why Isn’t Your Realtor or Friend Honest With You When You’re Getting Ready to Sell Your Home?

A realtor will likely be careful when revealing what sellers should remove from their home when they are getting ready to sell their house. Depending on how attached the homeowner is to the item or piece of decoration, they may be offended by a recommendation provided by the realtor, and it could cost them the listing.

While your realtor and those closest to you want to do what they can to help you sell your home quickly, they do not want to offend you, so they are likely to remain polite and quiet on the subject. Here are some hidden suggestions you should know as you’re staging your house that your realtor might not tell you.

What People Aren’t Saying as You Prepare to Sell Your Home

When you’re deciding what to do to sell your house, remember that the key to staging your home is to help each visitor easily picture themselves moving in. While you love your home decor, the following items may hurt your home’s appeal. Pack up these ten items when you are preparing to sell your home:

  1. Sports Memorabilia

    For the non-sports fans or fans of other teams, posters and other memorabilia may be a turnoff.

  2. Religious Symbols

    Religion is a personal subject for many potential buyers, and religious decor may make it more difficult for buyers to picture themselves in the home. Remove any personal items that may be potentially controversial to connect with a wider variety of people.

  3. Weapons

    For safety reasons, all weapons should be stored in a safe before any home tours occur. Even if your weapons are strictly for collection or decoration, try to clear them from view.

  4. Taxidermy

    While hunting may be your favorite pastime, stuffed animals placed around your home can make an otherwise great-looking living room less appealing to some potential buyers.

  5. Unique Art Pieces

    Remember that your goal is to appeal to a broad range of potential buyers, and your favorite unique art pieces may not help that cause. They may also be distracting and block the view of other features of the home.

  6. Porcelain Dolls

    Keep porcelain dolls stored out of view, as they can be unnerving to many people. Any items that may make buyers uncomfortable can influence their opinion of the home, hurting their chances of making an offer.

  7. Old or Distinct-Smelling Foods

    Purge old foods with powerful odors from your refrigerator. An unpleasant smell could leave a bad impression on potential buyers right off the bat.

  8. Stuffed Animals

    Even if you’re staging a children’s room, stuffed animals don’t add much value. Place stuffed animals under the “clutter” category and pack them away before the open house. You may have potential buyers who do not have children, so try to make the rooms as versatile as possible.

  9. Old-Fashioned Black and White Portraits

    Keep old fashioned black and white photographs out of sight. Whether they are of beloved family members or simply a collectible, they can seem eerie to people and should be temporarily relocated. Similar to other collectibles, they can detract the buyer’s attention from the rest of the room and the home.

  10. Flashy, Elaborate Garden Decorations

    Potential buyers will undoubtedly want to take a look at the backyard. For most homebuyers, a large, open backyard will be a big selling point, and prominent garden decorations like garden gnomes and yard flamingos could deter from that.

How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

After you’ve packed up your unique belongings, it’s time to spruce up your home for sale. Most realtors will tell you that adding items to the rooms will help those interested imagine themselves in the home. The buyers will be able to get a sense of how much furniture and personal items will fit in the home. Review all the advice and decide for yourself what’s most important.

  1. Declutter Your Home

    If you followed the tips above, you’ve probably already got a head start on decluttering! Check desks, open shelves, visible cabinets and countertops for stray items and organize or remove them. Remember that your goal is to help visitors picture themselves here, and the extra clutter could be a distraction.

  2. Air out Your Home

    We’ve all heard the classic trick of baking fresh cookies before an open house to create a comforting environment. While this is an option, it’s just as important to air out the home, so no objectionable smells are present. One thing to avoid is plug-in air fresheners - they can be a turnoff to a lot of people.

  3. Make Animals Invisible

    Are you a pet owner? Chances are many of your visitors are, too. While your pet may be extremely cuddly and loveable, not everyone is a dog or cat lover. Remove signs of pets, such as toys, beds, hair on furniture, cat litter and pet food. Be sure to remove anything causing a smell and clean up any pet stains.

  4. Improve Your Landscaping

    Make the front door inviting, consider replacing a worn welcome mat, if yours is showing its age, clean up shrubs and make sure your yard is well kept. All of this contributes to the infamous “curb appeal” that truly does make a big impact on a buyer’s first impressions of the home.

  5. Make Repairs

    This portion of the preparation process will likely need to take place weeks before you are ready to sell. Once you’ve decided to sell your home, walk through your home with a notepad and mark down areas that should be repaired before potential buyers tour the residence.

  6. Lighten It Up

    Potential buyers love good light in the homes they are touring because it provides a bright and cheery environment. Make sure your home is as well-lit as possible by taking down drapes, washing the windows and increasing the wattage of your light bulbs.

  7. Depersonalize

    All of these tips work toward this final goal: to depersonalize your home. It’s often difficult for others to see their personality in places that feel so strongly like someone else’s.

Protect Your New Home With Farm Bureau

After staging is complete and closing costs are paid, you’ll finally be ready to settle into your new home. Connect with a Farm Bureau agent in your neighborhood or learn how our homeowner’s insurance can help you protect your new home!