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.
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 negative 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:
Now that you know what it takes to stage your home and get it ready to sell, you want to make sure you have successful showings. Follow these proven showing do’s and don’ts and you’ll be on your way:
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. 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. You can begin by focusing on these staging basics:
DECLUTTER – Remove “you” from the home (meaning pictures and personal items). Replace personal photos with scenery or postcards. 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:
According to the National Association of Realtors …
AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION. THE SAME HOLDS TRUE IN SELLING YOUR HOME.