De-Personalize.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be
distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to
make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”
Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.

Buyers will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes
about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well.
Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining
room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she
can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
Rent a Storage Unit.

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and
put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make
the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move
around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”

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