Preparing your home for the open market is a critical step. A buyer's first impressions could make or break whether they even get through the front door. Most buyers develop an opinion about your property within the first 15 seconds. That's why creating a favorable first impression is the key to a successful sale. Here are some suggestions on how to make your home look its best when it's time to sell!
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Three Top Curb Appeal Concerns
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Clear away the clutter. Getting ready to sell your home is a great time to purge. Get rid of all the stuff you haven't used, fixed, worn or seen for years. It will make your home easier to show and an added plus — less for you to pack!
Clean sweep. Dirty dishes and a grimy bathroom can overshadow even the nicest home. Keeping your home clean, picked-up and organized is critical to creating a positive impact on buyers
Depersonalize. Although I think you can take this too far, it is important for buyers to be able to visualize themselves living there. Simple ways to help them along are by packing up a good portion of your personal photos, taking some of those finger paintings off the fridge and removing any decor that makes a strong political or religious statement.
Now that the basics are done, it's time to make your home the "stand out." Adding those special touches that appeal to our senses is the way to win the buyer over heart and soul. Before you know it, that sold sign will be up!
Bring in the light! Keep drapes and shades open and use adequate wattage in light bulbs. Replace any burnt out bulbs, especially in dark spaces like basements and attics.
Mirrors. Use mirrors to increase the feeling of space in small or narrow areas, such as entry ways or hallways, or to bring a great view into a room.
Art. Best way to show off a large room is by adding art to that big blank space above the couch, bed or buffet. There are some galleries around town that will allow you to rent a piece of art for a month. Find it, borrow it, rent it - however you get it. Art is a great addition to a staged home.
Add touches of bright colors with accents. Put clean towels in the bathroom, fresh flowers in the bedroom and small throw rugs in an entryway.
Create some ambiance. Avoid harsh noises such as a running dishwasher or dryer, while showing the home. Instead, create the perfect ambiance by playing some quiet jazz or classical music.
Smells have a definitive impact on a buyer. While bad smells like pet odors or grease may send a buyer running, clean fresh scents will keep them lingering. Try using a little orange or lemon oil when cleaning your home or placing fragrant flowers like jasmine or roses around the home. Also, baking cookies or bread before you leave for the day always makes the buyer hang around a bit longer than usual.