As the old saying goes,”you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. The same holds true in selling your home!
GETTING READY TO SELL
One of the most important things to do before putting your home on the market is to take care of the “easy” things. Make a list of things that need to be repaired – leaky faucets, chipped paint and loose hinges – and fix those items.
FIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CURB APPEAL
Curb appeal, or how your home shows from the street, is one of the key things that will sell or not sell your home. If buyers are turned off by the outside of the home, it will be very difficult for you to get them into the home and change their opinion. Curb appeal will be the key to making the right first impression. Here are 5 things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal.
1. Declutter the yard by removing toys and lawn furniture
2. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes and edges, plant fresh flowers to add color OR leave open space with fresh mulch for them to plant the colors they want
3. Paint doors and windows with a fresh updated color
4. Patch holes in the driveway and reapply sealant
5. Wash windows and screens
SHOWING YOUR HOME - DO’S AND DON’TS CHECKLIST
MAKE sure you have successful showings AND Follow these proven showing do’s and don’ts and you’ll be on your way:
• Clean the home from top to bottom
• Mow your lawn
• Send pets to the neighbors
• Keep things organized and clutter free
• Leave valuables out and on display
• Leave pictures or personal effects out
• Clutter in closets (buyers will open these areas)
• Allow pets fur or smell to permeate the house (always vacuum up fur and neutralize any pet odors)
What is staging, anyway? Staging is the process of enhancing the impression a prospective buyer has about your home. Staging is all about removing things from your home that make it look smaller, drab or dated OR too personalized. It differs from decorating because decorating involves bringing things into the home to enhance the look of it. The key to staging is simplicity and getting prospective buyers to a place where they can picture themselves in the home.
DECLUTTER – Remove “you” from the home (meaning pictures, personal items, religious relics). Replace personal photos with scenery or postcards. Less is more! A good rule to follow is to have no more than 3 items on any surface. Remove all items from kitchen counters and store them away.
NEUTRALIZE – Neutralize the rooms with light- colored paint, like creams, tans and white. Keep bright colors to a minimum and use neutral and/or natural colors that can work with many different styles.
KEEP IT CLEAN – Nothing sells better than a clean and well — maintained home. Always keep the home feeling and smelling clean for showings. Some inexpensive upgrades that can make a huge difference to the buyer include:
• New bed treatment (especially for the master bedroom)
• New towels for the towel rods
• Fresh paint
• Replacing old lamps or lighting fixtures
FEELING OVERWHELMED OR DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO STAGE-
Hire a professional stager to take care of it all. Pricing can range from$1800 up to $5,000 depending on the job. There are some realtors that offer free staging on listings they list. Meaning, they stage the home with your items and accessories getting it in “showing condition".
I offer free staging with my property listings!