Protect Your Privacy
Before you begin the home selling process, you want to make sure that no confidential information is left laying around. Any additional information that the buyer gets a hold of will work against you. Therefore, carefully consider the material you leave behind in your drawers, closets, and on your walls, and make sure to lock away all your mail.
Preparing your home for open house does not mean shoving your paperwork to the side and into the drawers so that it is not visible. In fact it most likely will be found. Often time buyers will unintentionally run into these types of documents during their inspection. A recent example of such a situation involves a buyer who was examining the kitchen drawers. The buyer unintentionally came across the seller’s net sheet which indicated that the seller expected a lower offer. With this information the buyer was immediately at an advantage; knowing this they did not think twice about bargaining for even a lower price than the seller’s expectations. Closets are another common place that sellers leave personal records in.
Make sure to fully clean out the closets, leaving nothing behind, or as an alternative stage them. Even the type of clothes left in the closets tells something about you. For example, if the buyer notices that the closets contain only women’s or only men’s clothes this could be a clue about the status of your relationship; a divorce indicates that you may be under pressure to sell. If the buyer senses your desperate need to sell they will definitely make an offer that is well below your listed price. Also, take a closer look at the pictures on your walls.