Posted on: 28 December 2016
If you have plans to put your home up on the market in the near future, then you want to be able to sell it as quickly as you can and receive the best possible price for your home. Now, in order to do this, you need to not only make sure that your home is in good shape (all the repairs have been made, such roof leaks and foundation issues), but you also need to stage it so that it appeals to potential buyers the moment they see your home from the road and step foot inside the house. Here are four tips to help get you started:
Tip #1: Give the Curb Appeal a Boost.
Since first impressions matter, you need to start with the exterior – what passersby will see when they do a drive-by. This is going to determine whether they even come by for a real showing of your home, so this is crucial. Make sure your house numbers are easy to read, the lawn is mowed, leaves are raked and bagged, walkways and exterior siding have been power washed, fresh greenery and blooming flowers have been planted, and the front porch and front door have been repainted/re-stained as necessary.
Tip #2: Clean and De-Clutter Your Home.
To some, it may seem obvious to clean and de-clutter your home, but you might be surprised at how many people overlook this very important step. You need to make sure that you wash all the windows (inside and out), mop/vacuum the floors, clean the countertops, scrub the grout, etc. so that literally every surface in the home is sparkling clean. This is not an easy task, but it is one that doesn't cost a lot of money and you can do it yourself.
Also, you need to make sure to de-clutter and de-personalize your home, so you may need to rent a self-storage unit while your home is up for sale. You are trying to get potential buyers to envision themselves in your home, so your personal photos and sentimental belongings do not belong in the home for this. Plus, anything you can do to create more space in the home is a good thing since this is something that many people look for in a new home.
Tip #3: Set the Dining Room Table.
Whether you use your dining room table every night for dinner or not, it may be a good idea to go ahead and set it for your showings. The dining room table is often overlooked when decorating, which makes for an uninviting feel. This is the last thing that you want when trying to sell the home. So set the table as you would if you were having a get-together and consider putting out a centerpiece to help increase the overall visual appeal.
Tip #4: Clean Up the Bathroom.
The bathroom needs to kept exceptionally clean, so make sure that there are no half-used bars of soap, the garbage is taken out before a showing, etc. As a general rule, all personal items should be removed. The only exception would be if you own a nice, white, fluffy bathrobe that you could hang on a decorative hook to help add a spa-like feeling to the bathroom. Now, if your bathrobe is more of a bright, bold color or patterned, it might be better to leave it hidden.
To get even more ideas on how to successfully stage your home for showings, sit down with a local real estate agent.Share