Sort It ~ Professional Organizing for the Toronto Area

A Suggestion Before Your Open House

A couple of months ago, I was speaking to our community association about downsizing. I went through the basics of downsizing and preparing your home to go on the market. Many people don’t know that Professional Organizers also assist with moving, and some also do staging. Anyway, one of my main points was that you need to depersonalize your home when you are getting ready to list it. If you will be having people come through your home, you want to protect your identity and the identity of your family.

After the meeting one of the members of the audience came up and spoke with me. She politely thanked me for my talk, and proceeded to tell me a story. When she was looking at homes a few years ago, she went to an open house. While viewing the home, she was surprised to find out it was her boss’ home that she was touring. She felt as though she was invading his privacy, and felt a bit awkward. To make matters worse, she became rather embarrassed to find out that he and his wife had a water bed – too much information. No, she did not buy that home.

You never know who will be coming through your open house. Try to remove personal items that will allow people to identify who you are. It’s not only a matter of privacy, but also a matter of safety. Have you ever found something to be “out of place” while going through an open house?


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  1. I can imagine conversation around the water cooler on Monday.

    Boss- “Slept like a baby last night!”
    Worker- “A baby what? Seal?”

    Excellent points that folks listing their homes don’t always consider. Great post!

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 1 month ago
  2. Hahahaha!!! LOVE IT! Thanks Jim 🙂

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 1 month ago

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