When you’re trying to put your home on the market, or already have, it’s helpful to understand what will make your home more presentable (therefore more sellable) and why. Here are some tips.
Lighten & Brighten – Let the light shine in to showcase your perfectly chosen paint schemes and new crown molding. Take down the drapes, clean those windows, change to more translucent lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine.
Clean it out – Buyers are always looking for more space and storage. So it’s time to clean out those closets and organize what you need to keep. Buyers like to imagine where they can store the highchair for their next child or where they can stock their winter clothes during hot months.
Hide Fido & Fluffy – As much as we love our furry friends, potential buyers don’t! If you are showing your home or hiring a photographer for professional pictures, send your pets to a pet hotel for the day or see if the in-laws could babysit!
Take the Home OUT – As lovely as your home looks with all of your personal touches, seeing your prized Gluggle Jug deters buyers from imagining their decor in the home. A good rule of thumb is to pack up and store a third of your things including family photos, nick-nacks , collectibles, and keepsakes. You may want to consider hiring a professional stager who can show off your open floor plan.
Kitchens Sell – When you are looking to upgrade, consider your kitchen first. Even if you simply repaint with a neutral color, stain your cabinets, and buy 1 or 2 stainless steel appliances, an outdated kitchen can cause your home to sit on the market.
First Impressions are Forever – This is the most important tip, you can never make a SECOND impression. Buyers generally judge your home before they even see your finished basement or sun room. Take a little time to put some brightly colored flowers in pots on your front porch or transplant some shrubs from the backyard. Make your home as inviting as possible! Don’t forget about your entrance and foyer. Hang your coat in an interior closet instead of on the hook by the front door and put your wallet/purse in another safe spot.