From the day your home goes on the market to the day it closes, it needs to be in proper selling shape. At the point you decide to sell, you need to make the transition of thinking about your home as a “property”. This can be a little difficult if you're still living in your house, but in the long run, it is worth it.
Home Staging is the practice of creating a positive flow by eliminating clutter, and arranging a room in the most efficient way, to make a more attractive first impression of the property. Often, just by making a few small changes, the home can become more appealing to your prospective buyers. In some cases a professional stager may need to come into your home to help you. I have professionals that I work with that I can refer to you.
Appeal to Potential Buyers
Home staging is an effort that is made to market and sell your home in a way that appeals to the largest buyer audience. Part of my expertise is in helping sellers get their home ready for this competitive real estate market. A well staged home will incorporate simple design principles, and will most likely change the way that your home is currently arranged and decorated.
See Through the Eyes of a Buyer
Most homeowners carry an emotional attachment to their home. I can offer you third party insight in how to improve the look of your home and see things that you may miss. Much of marketing your home to sell is going to depend on the ability to see things through a buyer's eyes.
The exterior of your home may even be more important than the interior to potential buyers. The exterior condition of your home is known as curb appeal. You can create a lovely outward appearance by refreshing the landscape or giving the front door and shutters a fresh coat of paint.
Keeping it Clean
Homes that have been well-maintained and well-staged convey the pride of ownership and appeal to buyers. Below are few simple steps you can take to ensure that your home is in great shape to sell:
• Clean or replace your flooring
• Wash the windows and window treatments
• Deep clean kitchen and bathrooms
• Clear away unnecessary clutter, and remove excess furniture
• Clean out your closets
• Paint or touch up the paint. Use neutral colors
• Stack boxes in your basement or garage
Make Open Spaces
Make sure to have clear paths into each room, removing things that may give the appearance of feeling crowded. Buyers need to be able to walk freely through every room in the house - and they notice everything!
The natural light of the sun will give your home a bright, cheerful atmosphere. When you have a showing, leave the blinds & drapes open, clean your windows to let the light in.
Kitchen and Baths
You should remove magnets and school papers from the refrigerator, clean the major appliances, and clear off your countertops. Keep all of your personal items hidden. This will allow the prospective buyers to imagine what it would look like if they lived there.