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Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

Making small changes in your home can make a big difference in what the buyer sees.

Do you currently have your house listed on the market? Are you considering putting your house up for sale? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you should take a long walk around your home. As you walk around, try to look around as if you are a buyer. There is a big difference between how a home should look when you are living there and how it should look when you are trying to sell it. All of your “stuff” and decorations might fit your taste perfectly, but could be too much or of the wrong taste for many buyers. So the goal should be to try and take out your personal taste and replace it with neutrality. That may mean taking things off the wall or painting a room.

A great example is a home that is listed in Dacula that was built in the mid 90s. Much of the feedback that was given during showings was that the house was dated. I suggested to my seller that they take down the curtains in the breakfast area. While those curtains were nice and fit my clients' taste, I felt like they added to the idea that the house was dated. There are two pictures with the curtains up. The next two pictures are without the curtains. Taking curtains down helped in terms of making the kitchen area seem less dated and also made the breakfast area seem bigger. More light was able to come in the room making it more welcoming. This small change made a big difference.

So don't assume that your favorite curtains or favorite room painted that "special" color is going to be loved by all. Put your personal taste aside and try to make the home appealing to all who walk in the door. A house with too much personality will be harder to sell. But don't worry, you can decorate your next home just the way you like!

Good luck and good selling!

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