If you are planning to sell your home, you probably want the sale to go through as quickly as possible, and for your asking price. You need to set the stage for a successful sale and quick results. The following are a few tips to help you achieve your goal.
Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost
The way the outside of your home looks says a lot about how the inside looks. People who are thinking about looking at your home will probably drive by first before making an appointment with their realtor. If it looks good on the outside, the chances are better that they will want to see the inside. Some things you could do to give your curb appeal a boost are to power-wash the sidewalks and siding, make sure your house number is easy to read, plant flowers, wash the windows, now the lawn, and rake the leaves regularly.
Create an Inviting Front Porch
Even if your porch isn’t very big, welcome you visitors with a clean welcome mat, a flowering potted plant, and maybe a chair to sit on. Remember to keep your porch light on after dark, just in case a potential buyer might drive by. You can also light up your sidewalk with solar lights. This is an especially good idea if you are planning on showing your house in the evening hours. Also, if you have a wooden front porch, give if a fresh coat of paint to brighten it up.
Make Your House Sparkle
From ceiling to floor, make it shine. You can wax the floors, clean the windows, make sure your counters are free of clutter and make sure your grout is scrubbed white. Make sure your bathroom is absolutely spotless with fresh towels and soap. Make sure all of your trash cans are empty when potential buyers are coming to tour your home. You can also hire a professional to clean your house from top to bottom is you like. Having a shiny clean house is the key to successful staging.
Get Rid of the Clutter
If you are really serious about staging, the clutter must go. You may have to make use of a storage facility, but it will be worth it in the long run. Clean, clear surfaces, closets, and cabinets make for more space in the eyes of the buyer. People can’t really see your house if there is too much clutter in it. Make it count by putting unnecessary items in storage.
A vase of fresh cut flowers on the table, a basket of fruit on the counter, or a bowl of lemons next to the sink in the kitchen are some simple touches that can go a long way. It will help to brighten your home and make it more inviting. A favorite piece of art hanging on the wall or a freshly painted accent wall can do wonders.
Don’t Forget to Stage the Outdoors
Is your house in a quiet neighborhood? Play that up by hanging a hammock in the back yard. Have a table and chairs set up on your deck or patio with a fun tablecloth and a vase of flowers. Someone looking at your home might see the hammock and envision having their afternoon nap there, or see the patio and imagine having a friend over for lunch. The possibilities are endless. Also make sure that your garden is in good shape if you have one. If it’s summer time, make sure your pool is clean. If it’s fall, make sure your fire pit is clean and ready to go. Seasonal touches are also an important point in staging your home.
It takes a lot to get your home ready to put on the market. If you have any questions or need more tips on staging your home, CONTACT Sandie LaMantia. She can help you with buying or selling your home.