“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year‘s Day.” ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
As 2010 comes to its’ final closing and 2011 has its’ first showing, we can all pause to do some retrospective reflecting on the old year before we make our promising projections and predictions for the new one. While doing so myself, I came across the following quote by Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper columnist and author Ellen Goodman that I’d like to share:
“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~ Ellen Goodman
I think that’s really good advice. And not just as we take the metaphorical walk through our lives but also as we take the literal walk through our homes (for sale) too! The tendency, for most, is to look for, find, and concentrate on the flaws and cracks and deficiencies. And they do, indeed, need to be addressed and patched and fixed. But sometimes we’re so busy noting and itemizing the deficits that we fail to acknowledge not only the potential, but what is truly good and unique – THE BEST – of what we, and our homes (for sale), have to offer!
Previously, I wrote about the possible negative impact that the sight of a space heater could have on some potential buyers, stating that “The last thing you want to do is raise concerns about the condition and performance of your heating system by plopping a space heater in the middle of that lovely sunny room full of windows.”
The upside of that scenario is the “lovely, sunny room full of windows.” And that is what you want to emphasize to prospective buyers. That this room is so desirable and pleasurable and comfortable that it became your favorite room in the house and was where you and your family chose to spend most of your quality time together. So, when you’re de-cluttering and de-personalizing, maybe this is the room where you go a little lighter, where a cozy throw, a book on the chair, and a puzzle in progress emphasize the potential of the room rather than detract from a pristine presentation.
I suggest that you resolve to take the following the lyrical advice from Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen:
“You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.”
When applying that advice to your home, turn your attention (and that of prospective buyers) toward what is wonderful. Take that stroll and take the time to determine how can you accentuate the positive in your home for sale. And may 2011 be a positively happy, healthy, and productive New Year for us all.
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara