Want to Sell Your Birmingham Home? Then Pretend Like You Don’t Live There.

Selling Your Home From the Outside Looking In

If you are planning to sell your Birmingham-Hoover area house, you’ll have to look long and hard at your house in order to  abandon some of your personal biases.  These very biases may interfere with your ability to view your home objectively.

Sure I could say think like a home buyer, but is that a reasonable request when selling is at the top of your mind and not buying (unless of course you’ll also be buying a home when your house sells).

One good place to start is to depersonalize your home. You can start by replacing family pictures and portraits with artwork.  You don’t want prospective buyers feeling like they’re uprooting your lovely family.

Another good idea is to neutralize the color palette in your home particularly if you have bold colored walls.  As much as buyers are encouraged to overlook the existing wall color, many Birmingham area home buyers just can’t get past the bright or bold colored walls no matter how their real estate agent encourages it.  When home buyers tour your house, the focus may be shifted from the many attractive features to your choice of paint on the walls. You should strive to highlight and compliment your home’s best features in order to attract the largest number of potential buyers.  Distracting features, while pretty to you, can mean the difference between selling your Birmingham Alabama house or letting it linger on the market.

Home Buyer Feedback

Sometimes home buyer feedback may seem a little harsh and it’s hard not to take offense when someone is criticizing your taste, personal space, design choices, etc.  But remember, their intent really isn’t personal.  For the most part, buyers are looking for ways to decrease the value of your home so that if they are interested in your home, they can justify offering less.  But no matter how critical home buyer feedback may be, it pays to listen.

Food for Thought When Selling Your Birmingham Home

Think about this:  You want to sell your home to people who are in the market to buy homes.  The best way to get a product to move is to offer people what they want.  I  know this may sound overly simplistic, but if you want to know what people want, then listen to their feedback.  Doing so allows you to take the guesswork out of the equation. Now wouldn’t that be nice.

Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area Rental and Real Estate

I, Charita Cadenhead, am a trusted and competent Realtor®.  Bham WIiRE Realty is a small fish in a big pond, but we can swim with the best of them.  By continually sharpening my skills and remaining dedicated to my craft, you can trust and believe that every client, without exception, gets the very best service that I have to offer (before, during and after the sale).  And that, without compromise, is Bham WIiRE Realty’s promise to you.

Whether you’re looking to buy real estate your sell your existing property, call or send me and email today, so we can discuss how I can best serve your Birmingham-Hoover Metro area real estate needs!

You’ve Got Options!

Charita H. Cadenhead
Bham WIiRE Realty, LLC
(205) 321-1200 – Office
(205) 527-1112 – Direct
(888) 371-8221- Fax


About Charita Cadenhead

Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area Real Estate
Charita Cadenhead is a licensed Realtor® in the State of Alabama since 2006, serving the Metro Birmingham market. In 2007, she founded Bham WIiRE (Birmingham Women Investing in Real Estate). Bham WIiRE consisted of women interested in real estate investing, but later the focus expanded to include all women interested in any aspect of the world of real estate. She is co-author of the book “Sell Your House Fast for the Right Price”, and has been featured on NuWire.com. She is an avid blogger with nearly 1300 posts to date, including a great number of featured posts.

Whether you’re looking to buy real estate your sell your existing property, call or send me and email today, so we can discuss how I can best serve your Birmingham-Hoover Metro area real estate needs!

Exceptional Service Because You Deserve It!

Charita H. Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty Metro North
Birmingham Alabama Realtor®
(205) 527-1112 – Direct
(800) 496-7431- Fax


  1. Brenda Mullen says

    Charita, you give a great explanation to those Birmingham-Hoover sellers on what to do to make their home desirable to buyers. It can be difficult to step outside of your home and your personal taste to realize that not everyone has “your” taste. Once sellers get the idea that they need to make their home marketable, things will go a lot smoother. Home sellers looking to get their Birmingham Home Sold should be calling Charita Cadenhead to get the job done :)!

    • Charita Cadenhead says

      Thanks Brenda. It’s a point that we try to drive home as best we can. It’s a tough think to do I know, but some effort is better than none.

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