Before you put your home on the market decluttering your spaces is the name of the game. That means organizing closets—donating or giving away unneeded items—to show off space, purging your kitchen junk drawer, tidying-up your pantry to showcase storage, and chucking out tchotchkes—or at least thinning them out to a bare minimum.
When your property hits the market and is ready for showings and open houses, however, be aware that there are some items in your home that can be turn-offs for buyers and should never be on display. Here are some of them.
Personal and Family Photos
Your home represents your personal story and style. But the moment you put it on the market, your personal tastes take a backseat to helping buyers visualize your residence as their own. If homebuyers constantly see your personal and family photos displayed around the house it’ll be difficult for them to see the possibility of making their own memories in the home. So, while your property is listed, it’s best to keep your family photos out of sight—and out of buyers’ minds.
Your religious convictions are sacred to you, but they may isolate many buyers. So, while selling your home, refrain from displaying items like religious wall art, figurines, and other such things, to be sure that you maintain a neutral and accommodating environment for all potential buyers.
Your Packed Boxes
Packed boxes stored around the house take up visual space and can make your rooms feel smaller. The boxes may also send the message to buyers that you’re anxious or eager to leave, and they may think you’ll entertain lower offers.
Instead of stacking boxes around the house, it’s best to rent a storage unit while your home is on the market.