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When staging your home, it’s tempting to keep all of your personal mementos on display. After all, they’re what make your home special and unique! Unfortunately, however, what’s special to you may be a turn-off to potential buyers.

Having large amounts of family photographs, and personal items (such as a throw knitted by a family member) on display even though they don’t match your décor can work against you. When you’re selling your home, it’s time to start thinking of your house as a product. To make a product more appealing to the most amount of people, you’ll have to de-personalize it a bit.

In this before shot, this family room was cluttered with mismatching blankets and pillows. It appeared too lived-in, like perhaps the home wasn’t even up for sale at all!


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The after photo illustrates how the room was de-personalized and de-cluttered, and thus leaves room for potential buyers to envision how they could make it their own.



Photo Credit: Cathy Hobbs. Designed by a Cathy Hobbs Home Staging Class

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