Like ALL SELLER’S you want to sell your home in the shortest possible time for the highest possible price. Below is a great list to get you started and make your home SPARKLE!
- Follow the 50% rule. REMOVE at least 50% of the items from EVERY flat surface in your home. Yes! This includes bathroom countertops, kitchen countertops, bookshelves, tables, etc.
- Empty out 50% of your closets. If stuff falls out every time you open a door, your buyers will be less than impressed. Your buyer will feel that storage space is lacking and needs to know there’s plenty of room for his (or her) stuff.
- Don’t get too personal. You want the buyer to imagine themselves in your home. If you have walls full of personal pictures, remove them, but a few here and there will not hurt.
- Brighten up your home. Do a walk-through of your home and be sure there are no burned out bulbs inside or outside. Get brighter lightbulbs if a room is dark or gloomy. You want your home to portray a happy, light feel.
- Spend your money wisely. Realtors and builders alike will tell you that you’ll get the most return on investment in kitchen and bathrooms. If you have a little extra money to spend on a “facelift”, use it towards updating those old cabinets with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. A little can really go a long way.
- Painting is always a good idea. As part of your facelift, painting the interior walls is a great investment. Ceilings should be white because it makes the rooms seem larger. Ask your realtor for advice on some great neutral wall colors. Remember, you want your home to appeal to the majority of people.
- Address problems before a buyer does. Often it’s the things you can’t see that will cause big issues. It’s never a bad idea to have a pre-listing home inspection. This let’s you address any issues before a buyer.
- Add the unexpected touch. When you’re ready for that first showing, make sure you appeal to ALL the buyer’s senses. Put out some fresh flowers or plants. Avoid candles and any strong oils. These can be a turnoff and a buyer may think you’re trying to hide something. If you really want to pull out all the stops, bake some chocolate chip cookies and leave them on the counter.
Homes do not sell themselves and it takes a joint effort between you and your realtor! Do not hesitate to contact me for any questions or advice!