Top 10 Tips To Help Your Home Show Better
1.Clean, clean, clean. Get it as clean as possible. If a wall looks dirty, a buyer will assume it needs to be repainted. If the carpets are stained, the buyer will want new carpet. Same story for a dirty bathtub or toilet. It’s much cheaper and easier to get it really clean in the beginning to avoid big price reductions in lieu of repairs later.
2. Keep it smelling good. Enhance the smell of your home with candles, essential oil diffusers, plug-ins or potpourri. Also, refrain from cooking anything that leaves a lingering smell on the day of a showing (bacon, crockpot meals, fish, etc. )
3.Clear out the clutter.You want buyers to focus on how awesome your space is, not how messy it looks. Your home will show much better if you will banish that pile of shoes from the entry, that stack of mail from the kitchen table, the unnecessary kitchen appliances and clutter on the counter tops and anything else that detracts from your home’s gorgeous features.
4.Keep the décor simple.To help buyers imagine themselves in your space, get rid of any art or other décor that might turn off people with different tastes. We believe a few family photos are just fine as long as you keep it minimal.
5.Brighten up the place! Open up all the blinds to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. A bright, cheery room looks bigger and more inviting.
6.Remove bulky furniture. Your furniture should fit the scale of the room, so get rid of any extra or over-sized items that could make your space look smaller than it really is. You also want to make sure your home has a good flow. The last thing you want is people bumping into furniture as they tour your home; it disrupts their focus and makes your space look cramped. Do a dry run as though you’re seeing your home for the first time and tweak anything that interrupts the “flow.”
7.Organize your closets. Storage space is a huge selling point, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it. Invest in some boxes, dividers and other solutions that will help you make your stuff look more organized, and remove extra items you don’t need immediately..
8.Tackle that honey-do list.All those little things you’ve been meaning to do but never got around to? Buyers will notice them, and they’ll detract from the value of your home. So set aside a weekend to tighten those loose doorknobs, fix that leaky faucet and paint over the scuffs from when you first moved in your sofa.
9.Close the toilet when you leave. When it comes to both showing and photographing your home, this little trick can make a surprising difference.
10.Boost the curb appeal. Don’t spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent. Trim your shrubs, weed your flower beds, fix any peeling paint and keep the walkway clear. Just adding a row of potted plants along the walkway or a cheerful wreath to your front door can make a big difference. This is the buyer’s first impression of your home.