Presenting your home to sell! Some quick tips to help you “wow” potential buyers!
1. Curb appeal is important. This is the first impression via the photos and when they arrive. Now you see why its so important! Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:
· Power wash siding and walkways
· Paint your front door
· Add some beautiful potted flowers
· Add sod or grass seed if needed
· Freshen up front porch with a cute chair or decor
2. Get your house sparkling clean. People see what you don’t! Floors need to shine and windows need to sparkle. Bathrooms all need to have the grout scrubbed or consider replacing. This isn’t a one day job so considering hiring someone. Every inch of your home should be squeaky clean! Don’t skimp — this step is key!
3. Clutter be GONE! Time to start purging all that clutter, end of story. It’s not easy, and it may even require utilizing offsite storage (or a nice relative’s garage) temporarily, but it is well worth the trouble. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly.
4. Rate your floors on a scale of 1-10. After you steam clean the carpet, how do they rate? If its not an 9, consider replacing. If you have tile, then get them professionally cleaned. Same with wood floors, consider getting them refinished. If you don’t want to invest in refinishing floors, the strategic placement of area rugs can go a long way.
5. Staging your furniture. Create an open concept, create conversion areas with chairs, a good flow of the home. If the room feels a little cluttered then remove pieces, such as using one night stand or remove a dresser.
6. Yes, you need to paint your turquoise room. You aren’t a designer and now isn’t the time to “try” something new. Think Neutral. But that doesn't mean you need to go all white, either. Rich midtone neutrals like mocha and "greige" create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything look more pulled together.
7. Clean the closets! Limited closet space won’t seem so limited if its nicely organized and not overly stuffed! Again, this is really important, so even if you need to store a few boxes elsewhere, it's worth it. Aim to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.
8. We know you love your dog and we shouldn’t know you have a dog when we walk in! So even your most honest friend won’t tell you that your home smells like animals. This is a leading turn off for buyers. Clean pet beds, toys, clean the litter box daily, etc. Also be sure to keep any extra-loved pet toys and doggie bones hidden when tours are scheduled.
9. Create a lifestyle people are looking for. Generally speaking, you want to play up what your neighborhood or area is known for. Have a house in a quiet, grassy suburb? Hanging a hammock in your backyard and a bench swing on your porch could be the perfect touch. Have a beach house, consider an outside entertainment area.
10. Stage the outdoors too. Even if your condo has only a teensy postage stamp–size balcony, play it up with a cute café table and chairs, a cheerful tablecloth and even a little tray of dishes or a vase of flowers. A great planter with fresh flowers appeals so to buyers.