Clear the junk. It’s distracting and really basic, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t do this before a showing. This means not leaving shoes by the front door, putting away laundry, and much more.
Clean thoroughly. Don’t overlook anything. Clean all the windows, sinks, toilets, showers and re-grout the tile if it looks grungy. Empty the garbage, put away dishes and hang fresh towels.
Let the light in. Open blinds and curtains and turn on all lights before a showing. Buyers like lots of light because it makes a room feel more airy and spacious.
Depersonalize your home. You need buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Psychologically, they find it harder to do this with your family photos reminding them of your life in the home.
Remove excess furniture. Most homes have too much furniture, which makes a room look smaller. With less to look at, a buyer can visualize the placement of their belongings.
Rearrange rooms. This will again give the illusion of more space. The more floor space a visitor can see, the bigger they think the room looks to them.
Use neutral colors/patterns. If you have 100 visitors look at a room with bright wall colors or wallpaper, you may get 5 percent who have the same taste as you. The other 95% think of it as more work (and money) they need to change the colors or remove the wallpaper.
Fix all outstanding repairs. Even if it’s little things like fixing the leaking tap, patching holes in the wall, replacing cracked tiles, or oiling a squeaky door, this is the most effective way to add value to your home.
Clean the yard. Outdoor spaces are a big selling factor. Be sure the outdoor furniture is clean, remove weeds, and mow the grass. Be sure to trim bushes and the lower branches on trees (typically the bottom ¼ to 1/3 of limbs).
Curb appeal. Remember, it’s the first impression for a buyer. If it’s not very appealing, they may not get out of the car. Be sure the lawn is in top shape, clean the gutters, remove driveway stains and plant colorful flowers. Doing this helps photos look better too when promoting the house.
WHAT IS HOME STAGING?
Are you thinking about selling your house? Before you put it on the market, you should try home staging.
Just watch almost any show on HGTV and you’ll see potential buyers walking through listings and cringing at the décor, paint color, clutter, etc. And most of the time, they can’t look past it.
Staging is a method of putting your home in the best possible light and decorating it to make it more attractive to a prospective buyer. On average, staging can add 10 to 15 percent value to a home and help it sell quicker.
Selling a home can be very emotional because it represents you and your life experiences. However, once you put your home on the market, it’s no longer your home. It’s a product that you’re trying to promote and sell.
You have to be open to making changes so that a potential buyer can see themselves and their families living in the home and creating their own experiences. It’s time to start thinking of the process as a business transaction.