Monday, December 22, 2014 / by Renee Sumpter
So you’ve decided to sell your home. Congratulations! This is a very exciting time for people, but it can also be quite stressful. The thought of complete strangers walking through your home and judging every detail can be nerve wracking. However, staged right, you can make your home more appealing to buyers and get it sold more quickly. Here are 9 easy and affordable tips to make your home look its absolute best.
1. Curb Appeal
Don’t scare away potential buyers before they even walk into your home. Make them excited to walk in by adding fresh paint to the garage door, shutters, or front door if they need it. In the summer, add fresh mulch, trim shrubbery and add a pot of flowers. In the winter, add a festive wreath and make sure walkways are cleared.
2. De-Clutter & De-Personalize
Be sure to remove family photos and knick knacks. It is important to remember that you want buyers to be able to visualize this as their home. So don’t distract them with too many personal items laying around. This includes your refrigerator too.
3. Fresh Paint
One of the number one turn offs for a buyer is brightly colored paint. You don’t want them leaving your home thinking about all of the painting that they will have to do. So paint walls a neutral color that won’t sidetrack them. If you already have neutral colors, a fresh coat of paint and fixing dings and scratches goes a long way.
4. Less Furniture
Remove any bulky unnecessary furniture. Getting rid of an extra side table or reclining chair will make a room feel much more spacious. And while you’re doing this, try rearranging your furniture. Arranging pieces away from the walls and creating conversational areas will make a space seem more inviting.
5. Good Lighting
A few well placed lamps will go a long way. Making sure your home is well lit will make it feel more bright and cozy. You also don’t want buyers fumbling to find the light
6. Update Your Kitchen
The kitchen is probably the most important room in a house for buyers and can often be a deal breaker. If you have outdated cabinets try updating them with paint or staining them. Replacing the hardware with newer more modern pieces will bring them into the 21st century.
7. Don’t Forget The Centerpieces
Bring some life into your home by putting out fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit. This is an inexpensive way to add a pop of color and an inviting scent.
8. Home Repairs
Fix your loose handrails, patch the holes in your walls and repair the leaky faucet. You don’t want buyers making a mental checklist of all the repairs they will need to do upon moving in.
9. Pet Friendly
We know your pets are important and a big part of your life. But the presence of animals can turn off lots of people. So make sure pet toys are neatly put away, litter boxes are clean and out of site, and clean up around the food areas. It is very crucial to clean pet hair and neutralize any odors. Spray an odor eliminator or plug in an oil warmer.
Don’t forget to use these tips before your Realtor comes over to take photos. The listing photos are a buyers first look inside your home and can be the deciding factor for buyers when determining if they should schedule a showing.