Fab Real Estate Blog: Sellers: Use Your Books to Decorate

Sellers: Use Your Books to Decorate

We all know that when preparing a home to sell, we must de-clutter and de-personalize.

Recently, I was working with a seller who had a lot of books.  An avid reader, the books were important to her, but she already knew she had to pack them away before we began marketing the home for sale. 

However, while we discussed packing these books away to clear up the shelves, we decided to leave many of the nicer books out on display.  These will be showcased on shelves throughout the home.

Books throughout the home will help to highlight the built-in shelving units, while at the same time creating a homey atmosphere that will attract buyers.  These books will be interspersed with a few personal items of the seller's collection.

While we must de-clutter and de-personalize the home for sale, we must maintain the feeling that this house is also a home.  Books from your personal collection can be a great resource for free decorating items.

Don Fabrizio-Garcia, REALTOR
Connecticut Real Estate & Appraisals
CT Home Group
Keller Williams CT Realty
Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Comment balloon 4 commentsDon Fabrizio-Garcia • July 03 2007 09:43AM


Where would you recommend one look for books when they don't have a collection? 
Posted by Tony D. Howell (The best place EVER!) almost 12 years ago
Tony - For cheap books, check out local thrift shops. Also, many libraries offer book sales throughout the year where you can pick up great books for little money.  The last one I went to, each brown bag full of books cost only $5.
Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
I love this.  I've also used a single book to great effect in doing a minimal staging of a vacant home.  A coffee cup on a small tray, placed on a window seat with a throw beside it, and a hardback book turned upside down, open, on top of the throw, as if it had just been set aside while the reader stepped out the adjoining door into the garden, made a dramatic impression in a master suite that had no furniture in it at all.  Everyone from buyers to inspectors commented on how they walked into that room and felt like they could live in it. 
Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 12 years ago
Tricia - Exactly - while we need to make our listings look perfect, we can't forget that we also need to make it look like a place to live.
Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 12 years ago