You're ready to sell; congratulations! Here are some helpful tips to get your house in tip-top shape for showings!
- Fix it, Frank. Okay, so you're not Frank, but if it's broken, loose or leaking, you should fix/replace it. Remove any molded grout, torn screens, even siding that is in need of repair.
- Clear the clutter. Wall-to-wall furniture gives the sense your home is too small (even if it may be). Remove any furniture that's not absolutely necessary (this can include extra chairs, tables, even tvs). Toys should be put away in a closet, on a shelf, or in a basket. Put the family photos away so people can imagine themselves in the home. In fact, take down 60-75% of your wall and shelf decorations--yes, you heard that right--almost everything. After that, if we need to bring stuff back in, we can. But this step is hard to imagine when the clutter is all you see (not that you have clutter; I'm speaking general sense, of course).
- Clean. And Clean again. Now that you've cleared the clutter, you'll want to give your home a deep clean from the top-down, inside out. This means ceiling fans, lights, vents, all the way to the inside of your oven, molding both above and below, and the tile grout behind your commodes. Remove the screens and clean the windows. This lets all the natural light in and makes your home feel larger. Spray off patios, sidewalks, driveways, and under awnings. Mow/edge/weed-eat your lawn and spruce up flower beds. Plant a few colorful plants in the front or place them in pots by the front entrance. Then, keep it this way (I know: easier said than done).
- Create a cozy vibe. Your zebra-print drapes may be look fantastic with your decor, but you'll want to remove them and any other items that show off your individualism. A few subtle touches like a bowl of oranges on the counter, a colorful (or white) table runner, or a green plant can create a warm and inviting feeling in your home without going overboard.
- Complement your palette. Before you start, make sure your current decor and new pieces blend. If your living room is painted a soothing ocean-blue hue, skip the loud red accents and opt for white, silver or gold and natural fibers. If you’ve got an earthy color scheme, accent with natural green and white. The basic rule is if it's natural and neutral in nature (fibers, wood, glass, plants), you can leave it. If it's not (plastic, fake wood) or if it doesn't serve a purpose other than to admire (like your collection of Star Wars dolls--sorry, action figures), pack it for your new home.
- Accentuate the positive. Too many items may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. Place a few pillows on the ledge of a bay window, open the blinds to a beautiful view, or have some spa-like items on a jacuzzi tub.
- Remove pets. Yes, I recommend removing dogs, cats, and anything else that has an odor. Obviously, you can't take the aquarium with you, but if it roams about the home, take it out during showings. Also, it won't hurt to wash pet bedding regularly to keep everything smelling fresh.
- Set the stage. Make sure you turn on all the lights and open blinds before showing your home. Homes that are dark and full of shadows turn buyers off. Also, you may want to make your home smells nice (plug-ins, essential oils, or sprays), but do so lightly;Too much of the sweet smells can turn off buyers just as much as the stinky smells. Maybe one type of fragrance smartly placed in the main area of the home, and one more either in the master bedroom or upstairs.
You're home is now ready to show: sell it! If you'd like more information on how to best showcase your home to sell quickly, contact me today; I'd love to be of service.