First…take a good look around your house, not as the homeowner, but as a prospective buyer. What would you want to see when you walk into the home? Most people go to look at a house with the expectation it may be there next home. Therefore you want them to be able to visualize themselves living there.
You’ve heard it before, less is more. That is certainly the case when staging your home.
Remove unnecessary clothing and shoes from closets. If it doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn it in a long time, consider donating it or throwing it away
You want to stage the house in a way that potential buyers will be able to see themselves in the home. Put away what you don’t currently need, and for the day to day objects, have a small box or basket to place them in for when prospective buyers come to tour your home.
Minor repairs are an instant chore when viewing a potential new home.
By taking care of those small to-do's you'll allow more potential buyers to skip the chore list and jump right into decorating.
Make heads turn with simple upkeep.
A potential buyer may immediately love your decor and expect to move in to the fabulous space you've created. If those fixtures attached to the house are coming with you, you may want to take appropriate measures.
It may be difficult to remove appliances that are not included with the house purchase. Fill the gap if you can find an inexpensive replacement. Remove light fixtures, & specialty window treatments that you plan to take with you.
If the chandelier hanging over your dining table is a family heirloom you plan to keep, than this is the time to take it down and replace it. Once someone sees an item in a home they believe comes with the purchase, the harder it will be to explain differently. It may even kill the deal if a potential buyer believes it should be theirs.
This is the most important step of all. Remove all dust, grime and stains as best you can. Five star cleanliness will certainly make your home stand out.
While it would be nice to have our homes looking like a professional came in and did the work, it’s not necessary and can be expensive. Some simple things can be done to give your house a fresh face and look inviting to prospective buyers.
Take these simple steps before listing your home for sale. When you're sitting at the closing table you'll be glad you did. Take a look at our featured listings for an example of well staged homes.