In today’s market, the thought of selling your home may be daunting. What’s going to make your home stand out from the rest? A stellar first impression will do the job. Have you ever thought of staging your home but thought it may be too expensive? No need to hire a professional, just follow these simple tips and have a good friend with a keen eye for decorating give you an unbiased second opinion.
First impressions are everything and often a prospective buyer will have made up their mind in the first 15 seconds after seeing the property. Great curb appeal is the first step in getting your home sold. You don’t have to do a complete overhaul of the yard. Simply make sure the grass is cut, the bushes are trimmed, and freshen up the mulch beds. At $3 a bag, mulch is inexpensive and can hide a multitude of sins. Finally, add a potted plant with red or yellow flowers for a pop of color by the front door or walk way if the space permits.
Cleaning & De-cluttering
Perhaps the most important task when preparing your home to be put on the market is cleaning and de-cluttering. You want your home to show like a model so pack up and remove personal items. If potential buyers walk into a home that is cluttered and full of knick-knacks they won’t be able to visualize themselves living there. Remove family photographs and tidy up the space. Also, make sure all kitchen countertop and bath surfaces are cleared, space sells. Maximize the space by arranging or even removing furniture from a room to make it appear larger and make sure each room has a useful purpose. Empty closets so the floor can be seen and rid them of extra clothing, shoes and linens that make them look cluttered and small. Remember, less is more.
Warm Up the Space
Is your home at the other end of the spectrum and possibly a bit sterile? Although you want to keep walls light and neutral in color, stay away from white. Try using a tan or beige as their more pleasing to the eye. Consider adding window treatments in a solid color, it helps frame the view to the yard and warms up the space. If you have large empty walls, it can leave a room feeling cold. A mirror, artwork or decorative plates add interest while not being overwhelming or too personal.
Finally, remove pets and any pet related items during a showing or open house. No potential buyer wants to be greeted at the door by Sparky, your barking 70 lb. dog or be browsing the laundry room with a less than pleasant smelling litter box. Be sure to leave enough time to eliminate any displeasing odors your pets may leave behind.
Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to finding the new home of your dreams. Maintaining the exterior and de-cluttering the interior show that the home has been well taken care of. Most importantly, a potential home buyer feels your property is move-in ready with little if anything left to do leaving you one step ahead of the competition.