Retail Sales Associates know that making a good first impression is critical to making a sale. The same rule applies to selling a house. Just think about it, would you buy a house that was dimly lit and had a lot of clutter? We didn’t think so. We’re going to give you some easy to follow and ultimately affordable tips for making your house look its best.
1.) Make Sure the Lawn is Clean and Tidy – Curb appeal is important when people stop by your home for a tour. During the Spring/Summer months, we recommend mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and weeds and making sure kids toys are put away. In the fall, be sure to rake away any leaves or other clutter that might be on your lawn. When potential buyers are stopping in during the winter month, make sure the ice and snow is properly removed, especially for safety reasons.
2.) Keep The Garage Door Closed – Let’s face it, this isn’t the shining example of order and cleanliness in any home. Therefore, we recommend keeping it closed during showings.
3.) Exterior Repairs – Attention to detail is critical. We wouldn’t recommend you leave this stone unturned either. Repairing any loose or missing shingles as well as any other noticeable repairs is essential in making a good first impression.
4.) Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint to the Front Door – The entrance to your home should be made as inviting as possible. A fresh coat of paint on your front door will do just that!
5.) Keep Old Vehicles at a Friend’s House – You might have that motorcycle or old sports car that has sentimental value. Unfortunately, someone viewing your house might not feel the same way. We recommend leaving it at a friend or relative’s house during the duration of the sale, or at least do your best to keep it out of sight.
6.) Clean Your House Thoroughly – Keeping the interior of your house clean during viewings is very important. Vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning windows, bathrooms and floors can give your house an extra glow that will impress potential buyers.
7.) Make Sure Bedrooms Are Tidy – Making beds, putting kids toys away and other non-everyday use items will give buyers a more optimistic feeling about moving in.
8.) Re-Arrange Furniture – Try moving furniture around to create the feeling of a more spacious layout. Eliminate any unnecessary furniture that is making the room feel cluttered.
9.) Make Sure Rooms Are Brightly Lit – This is a must. Keep the window shades open to let in the maximum amount of sunlight. If need be, turn on any additional lighting in each room. A light, neutral paint color will also brighten up the space, allowing potential buyers to visualize living there, creating a move-in ready space.
10.) Remove Personal Items – It is also recommended to remove any personal items, such as photos. This enables potential buyers the ability to visualize living there. Any other personal items should be stored away and out of sight.
These ten points are a great starter’s guide to effectively staging your home. We recommend that you check out our house selling guide to get a more in-depth details on what is involved with staging and other important issues that relate to selling a house. Don’t hesitate to contact us, either, if you need a real estate agent. We’d be more than happy to help!