Here are some quick tips to getting your home ready for sale. Remember that we are going for the least common denominator as far as style and editing are concerned. Keeping the home neat and clean, free from clutter makes a huge difference. Eliminating small reasons for people to dismiss the home is important to showing it at it’s best.
- Clean the front door. (Clean everything else too) This one of the first things a prospective buyer will see and touch when they enter the home. Make sure the door doesn’t dissuade them from walking through.
- Tidy up the key areas of the home. These are the kitchen, the living areas and the facade of the home. Give it a power wash, cleaning out the cobwebs and maybe even put a fresh coat of paint to enhance curb appeal.
- Paint any odd colored rooms to a neutral color like beige, white, or gray. A dark room is uninviting and doesn’t show off the space well enough. A bright room might clash with a prospective buyer's sensibilities.
- Trim the landscaping back from windows to allow natural light into the home. A bright home with little clutter just feels more inviting and exciting.
- Get a pre-inspection done to take care of anything that might complicate the a deal later on. Knowing about a problem gives you a chance to address it before it becomes a deal breaker.
- Take down your photos, knick-knacks and other clutter. These small distraction create a lot of visual noise that takes away from a someone's ability to see the space as their own.
- Make sure all the lights have bulbs and are working. Broken bulbs can lead to disappointment if someone tries to turn it on.
So there you have it. A well presented home has a higher chance of selling and at a higher price. The other thing to keep in mind is to make sure you do all of this for the photographer as well as the open house. The photos on the MLS and social media attract people to walk thorugh. Make sure to share your realtor's virtual tour too!