You only get one chance at a great first impression, and preparing your home for the market can make all the difference! Styling or staging your home for buyers can mean the difference between 10 days on the market and 110 days on the market – this is how powerful setting the stage is. The act of staging your home can easily be done inexpensively, and for a minimal investment you can increase the value of your home. Here are a couple of tips . . .
Start Outside with Curb Appeal!
Curb appeal is a real thing and can make or break a deal. Keep the lawn and garden freshly mowed and manicured. Plant fresh flowers along the walkway and add a couple of colorful potted plants at the home’s entrance. Finally, don’t forget to trim any hedges and remove any dead leaves, weeds or branches.
Create a Clutter Free Stage
The old beauty adage works for your home as well. When you are getting your home ready for the market, begin to go through and pack away personal belongings. Just look at the photo above, it’s amazing the difference an organized coffee table can make. You want potential buyers to see the gorgeous original built-ins, not the extensive spoon collection you have acquired over the years. Going through the home and organizing / de-cluttering will make it easier to keep the home neat while it is on the market. Showings can happen at a minutes notice, therefore you will want to leave the house in pristine condition when you leave in the morning – make the bed, fluff the pillows, toilet seats down, and a clean kitchen sink…the home should look like it would if your mother was coming over!
When potential buyers first walk through your door you want them to view the home as light and airy. Even if your home doesn’t have a ton of natural light it can be easy to emulate. First consider painting the main living area a light, contemporary neutral color – our go to is Dunn Edwards Muslin DE6227, it’s a really great warm gray – we recommend this color to most of our clients! See this color in action in this great before & after post. Trade in heavy dark curtains for white or cream sheers. Replace aging light fixtures, and add different kinds of lights – overhead, table and floor. Furthermore, when you leave your home for a showing or Open House always open the blinds and turn the lights on – make the home welcoming.
The Deep Clean
We all have our weekly or bi-weekly cleaning schedules however a lived in home can collect dust and grime that you might not notice in every day living. Consider, a deep clean before your Grand Opening, this will make your home look clean and shiny and welcoming to the potential buyers walking through.