December 12, 2018
Staging Your Home for Selling
If you’re planning on selling your home after the first of the year, it is probably time to start thinking about how you want to present the home for potential buyers. That good first impression is critical.
And it may just take a few minor touch-ups. A warm and inviting home can go a long way towards making a favorable impression on potential buyers — and perhaps even make or break a deal. Here are a few easy and low-cost things you can do before a showing or open house, to help your home make that great impression.
This one might seem obvious, but cleaning doesn’t just mean vacuuming the floors. It’s important to clean places and surfaces you might not normally get to, such as dusting ceiling fan blades, polishing appliances and faucets, and washing all windows.
Keep it smelling fresh
Since you’re living in your home, it might have an odor that you don’t even notice anymore. Maybe lighting some candles or baking cookies before potential buyers are arriving can make your house feel more like a home. Also, you don’t want to be cooking any foods with strong odors in the days before showing your home. Those odors will linger. If you have multiple pets, make sure their area of the home is clean and smelling fresh as well.
Keep décor simple
You’ve probably heard that when a buyer walks through your home, they’re trying to imagine themselves living in it. Make this easier for them by keeping your décor simple and replace any art or other items that might turn off people with different tastes.
Organize your closets
Storage space is one of the biggest selling points in a home, so you want your closets to shine. If your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough space. Invest in some boxes, dividers and other solutions that will help you make your stuff look more organized and remove extra items you don’t need immediately to make it look more spacey.
Bring a little nature inside
Adding a few potted plants or fresh flowers is an easy way to refresh the décor and add a little life to a home. It’s also a great way to add energy into a space, fill in empty corners and even draw attention to features you want buyers to notice. Just make sure the plants are healthy and clean.
Make the entrance grand
Take care of your yard by trimming bushes, adding new mulch, and mowing the lawn. It also may be a good idea to add some flowers to the lawn if you do not already have them. Before homebuyers arrive, turn on the sprinklers to have a sparkling front lawn, which will be the first thing they see.