By Katie Pocras, Nebraska Home Sales Realtor
We were all standing in the living room, next to wall of windows with a great view. It was me, Mr. Buyer and Mrs. Buyer. But we weren’t looking at the view. We were looking at the three photos on the wall.
Mrs. Buyer says, “Do you think they meant to hang the photos this way”? Mr. Buyer, “I don’t think so, but I’m not sure…” These three grouped, framed photos on the wall, all the same size and the far right photo were about an inch or so off. The buyers weren’t trying to be picky, and it how the art was hung had no bearing on if they liked the home, but in retrospect, miss-hung art was an interesting thing to catch the buyer’s eye. Perhaps it was because everything else in the house was so meticulous.
I was out with another buyer. This time I found the buyer staring at the living room pictures.
The pictures weren’t hung thoughtfully, but randomly across the long living room wall. No, it wasn’t very attractively hung. This time my buyer commented on the political messages. He said, “This isn’t my belief. I don’t know if I want to buy a home from someone with this political view”. I don’t know if the buyer was serious, but it did give him enough pause to make a comment.
It’s difficult line to walk, sometimes. For a seller, you live in the home. And your things make it home.
Yet the buyer has to see themselves in the home. And often it’s interesting what will trigger one buyer’s reaction and not another. If you’re selling, look at your home from a potential buyer’s eye. Make it neutral enough so the buyer can envision themselves living there, with their things. Prepack some of your special things so buyers aren’t standing in your living room saying “what were they thinking”.
You only get one chance to make a first impression.