Am I truly ready to list my home? Well, it depends.

I personally believe that emotional attachment is one of the hardest things to conquer when it comes time to sell your home, at least it was for me. The photo above happens to be my home back in Kansas. Oh the memories!

BUT, if you don’t have to think twice about taking down the personal photos, have the heart to paint over the children’s room (see photo below), pack the treasured knick-knacks, or ditch the drapes that you paid high dollar for in 1980, you are off to a good start.

I cannot overstate how important it is to have an open mind when selling. You need to view your home as a product rather than a house. As with any product, homes for sale must be marketable and appealing in order bring people through the front door.

So, what happens when taking down your baby photos  you become overwhelmed with emotions as you reminisce about the precious memories made in your home? Perhaps you are certain that if your Frasier dad-chair is removed, Game of Thrones would never be the same. If this describes you, you just may have some emotional connections that could hold you back to properly preparing your home to sell. Believe me, I’ve been there on a personal level. Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia was my escape.

Because I have experienced this on a personal level, I can empathize with the emotional roller-coaster when selling. The good news is that I’ve also been there on a professional level. It’s much easier when the home to be sold is not our own. Home stagers are trained to be empathetic yet bring attention to what it will take to help showcase your home. We will come through the front door with fresh eyes. Your neighbor of 20 years may not be able to address your special Hummel collection  spread throughout your home.

Stagers know how to arrange furniture and accessories to draw attention to or detract from the positive and negatives. We also know that the Frasier dad-chair must go, but we break it to you gently. The bottom line for home stagers is to prepare a home that brings out an emotional value even when your personal items are removed.

The next thing to consider is time. So, you painted that room ten years ago, surely it will be a snap to do it again, except now you are 10 years older with a million more responsibilities. If the funds allow, I strongly encourage you to hire professionals to take care of things not at your skill level. Carefully chosen investments for updating or upgrading may be what differentiates you from the competition.

I use the term “carefully chosen investments” purposely. The investments in prepping your home almost always pay off, and then some. Using professionals will increase the likelihood of your home selling quicker and for more money. Remember, every month the home is on the market, you are losing money. PLUS, professionals can get the job done in half the time and, let’s face it, will likely look a lot better than what you would have done.

Once the home improvements not in the realm of a stagers ability are complete, the staging begins.  Done properly, it takes a lot of time and planning to market a home from a staging perspective. Staging is a lot more than clearing off the counter tops. Decluttering, depersonalizing, space planning, and obtaining updated accessories are just a few examples that will be required for staging a home.

Stagers research the demographics, assess the competition, and then do what it takes to make your home ready to list. So, if you are ready to take this on, then I applaud you! If not,  don’t leave money on the table and invest in the pros. whenever possible.

Yes, there were tears shed when this room was painted.  It took two coats of primer and a professional but we got ‘er done. I will always cherish the memories of that room but  getting multiple offers softened the blow some. 

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