One of the keys to selling your home quickly is to make it appealing to home buyers. One of the best ways to ensure a wide appeal is to stage your home. Staging your home is like putting your best dress on when you’re going out on the town. You want to attract the attention of potential home buyers. From the moment they set eyes on your property until they finish their tour, your home should create an atmosphere of warmth.
Exterior & Lawn
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Consider pressure washing the exterior of your house or apply a fresh coat of paint so that everything looks clean and fresh. Repair things like windows, shutters, patios, porches, or any other structural items. Once the exterior of your house is clean and all repairs have been made, remove clutter from the yard. Put away lawn ornaments and toys. If you have a patio, arrange the furniture so that it looks inviting. Make sure your lawn is in good shape and is well manicured. Use a few potted plants in vibrant colors to add a bit of flair without overdoing things. When a potential buyer sees the outside of your house, it should make them want to investigate further and see the inside.
Photographs & Collections
You’ve taken great care to make sure your home is a representation of your interests. When selling your home, you’ll need to remove photos, collections, memorabilia, and other things that may alienate a potential buyer. You want the buyer to easily picture themselves living in your house. This is harder to do when they’re surrounded by your collection of gnomes and a photo wall that covers five generations of your family. Instead, use neutral décor items on shelves and walls sparingly.
Walls & Floors
Speaking of neutral décor, you’ll want to go that same route when you’re considering the walls and flooring in your house. While your daughter may adore her bright pink bedroom, a potential home buyer may see the unusual color and be turned off from the purchase. Instead, paint the room a neutral color, pack away themed items, and use furnishings that create an appealing room that can be used for anyone.
Closets & Cabinets
People love to open doors, and that includes the doors to your closets and cabinets. Avoid an embarrassing situation by cleaning out all closets and rearranging things so that they are orderly. In clothing closets, use grouping to make things look neat. Sort by type of clothing or color. Don’t leave shoes thrown on the closet floor. It makes the space look smaller. Organize your kitchen cabinets and drawers so they are appealing at first glance. Make sure all handles and knobs are in excellent condition.
Bathrooms & Kitchens
Bathrooms should look and smell clean. Scrub tubs, showers, sinks, and toilets. Clean the baseboards and shower doors. Replace worn fixtures and make sure everything sparkles. Mirrors should be clean and free of fingerprints. Remove hampers, if possible, as they may make the room look smaller. Pay attention to the small details like filled hand-soap containers, full toilet paper rolls, and counters that are free of clutter. Don’t forget the medicine cabinets.
Kitchens can be grease magnets. Clean the top of the cabinets, between cabinets and appliances, and any tiles. Remove all photos and personal items from the refrigerator doors. Make sure fresh sponges are on hand and replace them often. If you have a themed kitchen, remove all items and make things neutral. You may love your rooster themed kitchen, but it could run away a potential home buyer.
Windows & Doors
Window dressings and curtains should be properly installed and fit the windows. If you want to enlarge the space, hang curtains from ceiling height. Keep curtains open to maximize the viewing experience and allow in plenty of natural light. Doors should be clean. Make sure that doors shut firmly but have no sticking. Check for drafts and make needed repairs. Replace worn doorknobs and window latches.
With a bit of time and attention, you can create a home that is staged to appeal to a wide range of people who are looking to buy a home. Give The Wright Choice Team a call at 804-307-2589 today for more tips on how to stage your home without spending extra money.