Decorating Your Home to Sell

OreillyTeam-CircleMasterFile7-Nov15When you are trying to sell your home, you can no longer think of your home decor through the lens of your own personal taste and style. Rather, you are decorating to attract the widest array of potential buyers. How do you decorate your home to sell?

Start by looking at your home through the eyes of a buyer.
You may see many family photographs, a fridge covered in children’s artwork, and shelves full of keepsakes and mementos. While some of this is fine, too much personal decor can be distracting to a buyer. When they are in your home, you want buyers to imagine their family living in the space. It can be hard to do so when all around them are reminders of your family living in the space.

Limit keepsakes and personal items.
For those reasons outlined above, limit the amount of keepsakes and personal items on display in your home. Pack them with care and keep them in storage until you can put them on display in your new home. This will help your home appear as more of a blank slate for buyers to envision themselves living in your home.

Keep surfaces clear.
The best “rule” you can follow is to keep all surfaces clear: that includes kitchen countertops, coffee tables, bathroom vanities, and so on. If you are following this rule, you will be keeping your home clutter-free and allowing buyers to appreciate each space.

Decorate to highlight a focal point.
What aspects of your home do you consider a selling point? For example, you might arrange furniture by a window to showcase a view into the beautiful backyard landscape. Or, you might group furniture to create a seating area around a brick or stone fireplace. Decorate in a way that leads the buyer’s eye toward your home’s best features.

Looking for decorating tips and advice as you prepare your home for the real estate market? Contact the O’Reilly Team.