When you are all set to sell your house, there are various guides – that draw attention to essential things like renovation, dressing up the home, procedures, and process of the sale to assist customers.
Though, one thing that is often ignored but tied so intrinsically to the sale process is how you manage your privacy while you are in the process of a sale.
The type of personal information that customers can pick up from just being in the house, surrounded by your paraphernalia, can affect their decision, and you will want to handle this with care.
1. Do not leave relevant documents in drawers
While presenting your home, customers who open drawers that are not marked as out of bounds are not snooping. It is the customer’s right to inspect cabinets and drawers if those things are part of the purchase. So leaving essential documents, or worse, reports stating the true worth of the property for a random customer to stumble upon will not bode well for your sale.
2. Check your Mail
Do you owe money to someone and have trouble paying them off? Is this the reason why you are selling your property?
These are things the customer does not need to know, but they will pick up clues if you leave mail from banks or other institutions opened and available for scrutiny.
Do not leave credit card and utility bills anywhere else for the customer to get personally acquainted with your financial situation. If they do and you are in desperate need of cash, they will take advantage of it for good.
Alternatively, if you owe money, the buyers might choose not to consider your home on the fear that debt collectors or worse might come to their doorstep looking for you.
3. Remove your qualifications and wedding photos
People are quite prejudiced, and the earlier you accept this, the faster you will get round to making sure you can control this bias. Hanging qualifications may turn some people off, particularly if it is a degree in something like the law. Some customers get nervous about getting home from a lawyer, for example. Even if it is illogical, the threat of a lawyer suing you should things go south is fear that takes root.
As for wedding photos, sometimes, it might give off details about you, such as your characteristics or religion, and there is no telling how such information is understood and read by strangers. Plus, wedding photos make it quite difficult for the customer to imagine themselves living in the house, so removing those benefits with controlling bias and inspiring immersion in the buyer.
4. Clear out wardrobes and drawers
There is no legitimate reason to keep your personal belongings in the drawers and wardrobe when you start showing customers around, particularly if you intend to release the furniture with the flat!
You do not want buyers getting turned off by your selection of clothes or the clutter.
Always remember that our definition of what is clean varies, so it is always best to keep everything in a neutral state, meaning, empty and without encouragement to form an opinion based on what they see and like.