Author: Ron Tinsley
Selling a house is one of the major decisions in your life. How you approach it will make a massive difference in whether the outcome is positive and quick or a long drawn-out grueling task. There are some things that you can do to make the process easier and make your house more attractive.
The first thing that you need to begin doing is changing your state of mind and how you look at your home. At this point you should begin thinking in terms of “the house” rather than “my home” this will help get you in the state of mind necessary to do some of the tasks that you are going to have to do. You are going to have to mentally and emotionally remove yourself, your personality and connection to this house, and move on to the next house in your life which will become you “home.” In other words, your job right now is to prepare this house – that used to be your home as a blank slate for the next inhabitants of this house. Buyers need to be able to walk into this house and envision themselves, their children and belongs inhabiting this space. They can’t do this if your personality permeates everything about the house. .
We as Homo sapiens tend to express ourselves through our music, bumpers stickers and many different avenues – including colors. Colors are very personal and what looks really good to one of us may be a total turn-off for others. This is fine in the course of everyday life, but when it comes to whether your house is going to be attractive to a prospective buyer or not, it could be the difference in whether they just do a quick drive-by and turn up their nose, or stop and investigate further.
What does this mean? As much as you love it and though you are proud of how it is an expression of your feelings -the fire engine red den may have to go! Unless that is you are marketing to the small select group of folks in your town that have that very same affinity for fire engine red dens, which limits your market for selling your house to even a smaller niche within the niche of people that happen to be in the market at that time.
I’m not sure that there is actually a color called “realtor’s beige”, but that’s what we call it. Beige or shades of neutral colors are non-intrusive to all and leave your walls a blank slate which allows people to imagine what color would look good on that wall.
Exterior colors – once again we are shooting for colors that are attractive to the majority of people – which pretty much eliminates the Reds, Yellows, Purples and other bright colors that you might love but the majority of the population may not.
Ron Tinsley is long-time South Eugene resident specializing in buying and selling homes in Eugene and the surrounding areas. Ron can be reached at 541-953-7165 or Ron@RonTinsleyRealtor.com