Preparing your home for sale can be an incredibly daunting act. Most people shy away from hiring a professional to stage their home due to the cost of it. But stager’s do tend to improve the value and to help the home sell faster. Here are some quick tips from the experts on what you can do yourself to help it sell:
You don’t have to completely clean out your home, infact you want it to look “lived in”. What people don’t want is a home without storage space.
- Get rid of the excessive stuff that you have accumulated that has taken over every inch of your home. Ideally, get a storage unit and place those nick nacks away where potential buyers won’t see them. It is difficult for people to imagine living in a home that makes them feel claustrophobic.
- People want to envision themselves living in the space. This can be difficult with pictures of your family on every wall & shelf. Don’t leave it bare, but remove those family pictures and replace them with a scenic painting. Take the beautiful hand made dish from your child, and put a small flower arrangement.
- Consider removing large pieces of furniture that can make a room feel small and replace it with a smaller item. Perception is everything!
A fresh coat of neutral paint also helps your home seem bigger, lighter and even cleaner. A potential buyer can have trouble imagining themselves in a home with “custom” paint jobs. Your favorite color combination may not be their favorite. Even though it is a somewhat easy fix, a potential buyer is more likely to prefer a home with less move-in work. A new coat of paint also creates a good first impression, that you care and have taken care of the home.
UPDATE THE KITCHEN
Kitchens often sell homes. They are considered the most valuable room in a home and worth the most per square foot. If you have a dated kitchen consider refacing the cabinets. It is much cheaper than new ones but often just as effective. If upgrading the kitchen isn’t within your budget there are still some things you can do. Declutter all of the countertops, get everything (yes, I mean everything) off except possibly a bowl of fruit or plate of cookies for the open house. Take out and uninstalled appliances that are sitting on the counter (toasters, blenders, mixers etc.) Having them out gives the impression that there isn’t enough storage in the kitchen.
CLEAN & REPAIR
Minor fixes go a long way. small holes, wiggly knobs and missing fixtures give the impression of an unkept property. You will want to clean everything till it shines! This makes your home more appealing & helps buyers imagine themselves there. Don’t forget your yard as well, trim up bushes, sweep the walks and weed the garden. A little goes a long way!
A strong odor is a HUGE turn off to a potential buyer. Don’t just cover them up, find the source and fix it. Pour bleach down the drains to remove the moldy smell, open the windows to air out the home. If you have furniture that has a “smoky” smell to it, remove it. Wash the bedding, towels, etc to help each room smell cleaner. If you smoke, place bowls of vinegar around the home for about 3 days prior to an open house, it will help with the stale cigarette smell. There are many smells that are alluring. Fresh bread, cookies, and baked goods are very inviting.