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Thinking About Plants When Selling Your Home

Much has been written on the subject of attempting to sell a home with pets. While definitely a difficult task, and one that we will certainly spend more time on in the future, the obsession with this topic often causes another, somewhat similar conversation to fall by the wayside. As much as we love our pets, many of us have some other household companions that deserve thought when it comes time to prepare the home for showing. We are talking here about houseplants, living things that might not demand quite as much attention as our dogs, cats, and goldfish, but that nevertheless must be considered when preparing to display a home to potential buyers.

Unlike pets, plants don’t leap up on people or use the bathroom on the carpet. Many might think that they are, in fact, not something that needs to be considered while trying to sell a home for exactly these reasons. This thought, while understandable, misses the mark.

Dead Plants?

Consider, for instance, the effect of dead plants. We keep them around because they might not be as dead as all that. Or we just don’t know what to do with them. Or we forgot that they died. Rest assured, dead plants are not something that potential buyers will look at with enthusiasm. While they aren’t as egregious as, say, a moldy bathtub, they do raise questions regarding the level of care given to the rest of the home.

If you’ve been hanging on to one or several dead houseplants, now is the time to let them go.

Too Many Plants?

Live plants, on the other hand, are a different matter. Tastefully arranged, they add a brightness, a sense of stability and calm, and a beautiful diversity of shapes to spaces that might otherwise come across as sterile. Tastefully arranged, a collection of houseplants can be just the thing to complete a home arranged for potential buyers.

The hazards with living plants? Having too many of them. Even if they are all healthy and robust, a home that resembles a jungle will make it difficult for prospective buyers to imagine themselves within the space. In fact, a wilderness of houseplants can very easily become so distracting that prospective buyers can’t even begin to discern what is and what is not a part of the physical home they might attempt to buy.

As you prepare your home for showing, take a good look at your plants. Ask yourself, “Are these plants healthy or unwell?” “Are there too many, or is this a good amount?” “If these plants weren’t mine, would I like to see them all here like this?”

Putting yourself in the mindset of a potential buyer will help you take a sincere look at the plant situation and help you decide what steps to take in order to ensure that your home doesn’t become either a graveyard or a greenhouse.

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