We’ve all seen the shows that give advice on how to prepare your home for sale. But, really, we’re gay and staging your home when it comes time to sell should come naturally… or does it?
When I go on a listing appointment, almost every home I walk into is a realtor’s nightmare. My gay clients tend to be much more design and decoration minded, but that still isn’t always the case.
I always try not to offend my clients by telling them that things have to go, but it’s my job to sell their homes, so I subtly try to encourage them to do certain things. Not surprisingly, many sellers say up front that they just want the honest truth about what should go and what should stay.
Once I had a seller that had a champion bodybuilder boyfriend and there were large photos of him in frames on every surface. The photos weren’t exactly offensive, but when buyers came through, they tended to gravitate toward the pictures. My objective is to sell homes, not answer questions about the owners of a particular listing. Actually, I was new to the business, never said anything about the photos and the place sold anyway.
Basically anything that detracts from the details of the home needs to go. Here is a basic checklist that may help you prepare your home for sale: