Selling your lake home – how to keep the buyers focused

How to sell your home by appealing to every home buyer

One of the things you want to do when selling your Metro Detroit lake home is to appeal to the greatest audience of lake buyers you can.  So how do you go about this?  How do you as a Metro Detroit lake home seller achieve this objective?  You want your home to be neutral.  You may think this is blah, but you have to realize that everybody has their own preferences and likes.  That is why we tell you to paint your home a light brown or beige.  Some people just may not like the bright red or dark brown accent walls you have.  Neutral is the key to appealing to the greatest audience of home buyers you can.  It does not matter if it is a lake home on Dixie Lake near Clarkston or Forest Lake in Bloomfield MI.

So how do we apply this to your décor?  We want to make you décor neutral.  Nothing offensive.  No décor that will sway the buyer one way or another.  No décor that would make the buyer dislike your house.  No décor that will make the buyer to hate your home.  No décor that will make the buyer stare or admire the décor instead of looking at the house.  We want the décor to compliment the house.  We want the house to be the focus and the décor to add to the beauty of the house.  Not to overwhelm the buyer.  We want them to identify with your home, and they may not be able to do it if they do not identify with your collection.  So pack it away.  You are moving, so think of it as pre-packing.

You may love it, but others may be scared of it




So now you must put away your collections:

  • Plate collections
  • Salt and Pepper collections
  • Doll collections
  • Clown collections
  • Star War collections
  • Toy collections
  • Antique collections

Time to pre-pack your collection so buyers are not spending time admiring them.

This will deter any U of M fan from buying your home

Put the collection away

I have seen collections take over whole rooms and run throughout the whole house as the main theme.  Even Coca-Cola rooms, or college decorated rooms.  College decorated rooms can be a real no-no.  Sure you can be a die hard fan, but put it on hold while you are selling your home.   I have been in houses where there was an Ohio State room.  I took two buyers through the house.  They both ended up disliking the house.  One of the buyers criteria was exactly like the house, but it was the room that swayed the buyers away from the house.  So pack up the college room too.  Whether you love the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Minnesota Vikings pack it away.

This will deter any U of M fan from buying your home

If you want to appeal to the biggest number of home buyers put the deer head away

Home selling tip put away the dead animals

One more area I really need to touch on is animals.  I mean trophies, mounts on the wall, stuffed animals.  Sure you are a great hunter and you are proud of your talents, but take those heads down.  Pack up the stuffed trophies.  Otherwise you will have the animal lovers running out of your house.  You want your home to appeal to them too.  They may be the one buyer that really loves your house.  You don’t want to lose any buyer because that buyer might have been the buyer that puts in the offer.


My goal is to help you get top dollar for your lake home.  Simple pre-packing can help sell your home.  Give me a call or email me to set up a time to talk about what your home can be sold for.  My email is or (248)310-6239

Russ Ravary

Your lakes area realtor







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Click and read about other lakes  and past articles that I have written about Green Lake homes in West Bloomfield Michigan  What to do when the home inspector finds mold.  Mold should not be a deal killer.  Most times it can be remediated.  Mold Issues – Oakland County lake home inspection problems

Home buyers should be comfortable when looking at your home.  Temperature – Michigan Lake home selling tips.   Here is another beautiful lake to look at.  It is has a great setting and the type of lake some people love lake houses for sale Voorheis Lake Orion MI

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