From the day you decide to put your home on the market, to the day you sit at the closing table, it needs to be in good selling shape. You need to make the transition of thinking about your house as a “property” not your “home”. This can be a difficult if you’re still living there, but in the long run, it’s worth it.
Appeal to Buyers
Staging a home is done to market and sell your home by setting the right look and feel that appeals to the largest buyer audience. Part of my expertise is in helping home sellers get their home ready to sell and beat out their competition. A well staged home incorporates specific design principles, and will probably change the way that your home is currently arranged and decorated.
Home Staging is creates a positive flow by eliminating clutter, arranging a room in the most efficient way and adding important decorative touches to make an attractive first impression. Sometimes, just by making a few minor changes, the house can become more appealing to prospective buyers. In other cases a professional stager may be necessary.
Take a Look Through the Buyer’s Eyes
Most homeowners have an emotional attachment to their home. When selling your home, that can be a deterrent. Let me offer insight in how to improve the look of your home with an objective, third party view. A lot of your home’s marketing is going to depend on the ability to see things thru the buyer’s eyes.
Make Open Spaces
It’s very important to have clear paths into each room. You need to remove things that may give a crowded appearance or feeling. Prospective buyers have to be able to walk through every room in the house – and trust me, they will notice everything!
The sun’s natural light gives your home a cheerful, bright feeling. When you have showings, leave the drapes & blinds open, clean all the windows to let the light in.
Your Kitchen and Baths
Always remove magnets and kid’s school papers from the refrigerator, clean all major appliances, and clear off your countertops. Keep your personal items off of your tables and counters, and hide them away. This will allow the prospective buyers to imagine what it would look like if they lived there.
The Home’s Curb Appeal
The exterior of your house could be more important than the interior of your home to potential buyers. The exterior condition of your home is known as curb appeal. Create a nice outward appearance by refreshing your landscaping and giving the front door a fresh coat of paint.
Make Sure Your Home is Clean
Homes that are clean, and have been well-maintained and staged give off a pride of ownership, and that definitely appeals to buyers! Here are a few simple steps you can take to be sure your home is in great shape to sell:
• Stack boxes in your basement or garage
• Clean or replace your flooring
• Wash the windows and window treatments
• Deep clean kitchen and bathrooms
• Clear away unnecessary clutter, and remove excess furniture
• Clean out your closets
• Paint or touch up the paint. Use neutral colors