Three Ways to Take the Focus off of You When Selling Your Home; Remember, It's Not About You

Posted by Rick Clarke on Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 11:04am.

Selling your home in Vancouver, British Columbia or another major Canadian city isn’t easy, especially if you have lived in your home for years or even decades. Your house isn’t just four walls and a roof – it’s a place full of memories and meaning. Your home is a part of your life, and selling it can often cause you to reflect on yourself and your family. In order to sell your home, though, it’s important to focus on the buyer. A prospective buyer won’t have the same emotional connection to your property that you have, so focusing on yourself during the home showing won’t close a sale. Here are three strategies you can use to refocus, so you can find a buyer for your home.

Rid Your Home of All Clutter

Ridding all of the clutter from your current home or property is a great way to remember that your house is no longer about you. Getting rid of clutter is also an effective way to clear your mind to regain focus when you want to begin showing the home. Additionally, ridding clutter and decor that is no longer suitable for the way you plan to show your house can make the space appear larger, which will generate more interest and may even get you a higher bid.

Remove Personal Items From Every Room

Before you show your home to potential buyers, you should go through every room of the house and collect your personal items. Your potential buyers will attempt to envision living in the space, and they will have their own personal items that they would be bringing if they were to buy the house. The stronger an emotional connection someone feels to your space, the more likely that person is to buy the house. Seeing your personal items in the same space will make it more difficult for them to imagine what it would be like to live in your house, and this will slow the sale process. Use neutral décor for showings, and keep personal items at another location.

Make Plans for Your Future

Any time you are moving within Canada and you want to make the selling process about the buyer rather than yourself, it is imperative to keep your eye on the future. Making plans for your future and looking toward the future with new goals in mind is a way to keep you focused on selling your home and listing it on the market. When you have plans for your family's post-moving future, you are less likely to feel overwhelmed or reminiscent – and this will keep the sales process humming along.

Selling a home can be an emotional experience, and although nostalgia is a bittersweet feeling, it will impede a quick sale. By taking the focus off yourself and placing it on the buyer, you can make your home more appealing and more likely to sell. To that end, ensure your home is free of clutter and personal items, and look toward your future with great hope. By focusing on your buyer and your future, you can ensure a hassle-free sale and be one step closer to enjoying your new home.

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