If you're thinking about putting your home on the market, it's a good idea to get comfortable with the fact that not everyone will like your interior decorating style. Sure, your personal touches in home décor, paint color and home accents are what make the house "yours", but it helps to remember that the goal is to make it someone else's home.
If you’re having trouble selling your home, it's a good idea to consider making some minor changes that will give your home more mass appeal.
Here are a few quick tips to help you decorate your home while it's on the market:
You may love that accent color in the entryway that just “pops” as you walk into the home, but potential buyers may have other ideas. Focus on using neutral paint colors, like grays and tans, in your home before putting it on the market.
Simplifying the décor means swapping out personal photos, trophies and memorabilia in favor of a few accessories and pictures. This is also a great way to add some color to those neutral-colored rooms. Look at your décor from a buyer’s perspective and see if there’s anything potentially off-putting or too stylized that could detract from the buying experience.
When listing a home, too much personalization can hurt sales opportunities. Potential buyers want to see the possibilities of turning your old home into their new home. If all they see are your “personal” touches everywhere, it's difficult to envision their own furnishings and style in the space. Don’t remove the sense of family or community, but look objectively for things that might distract buyers from looking at what’s really important, like the home's unique features.
Lastly, make sure to keep home your home is spotless before every showing, including emptying trash cans, making the beds and washing the dishes. It may seem like common sense, but it's a task sellers often overlook in their hurry to leave the house before the buyers arrive.