Wednesday, October 16, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
1. First impressions are paramount if you want to sell your home. You want to get the potential buyer in the door. You don’t want to them to drive up to the curb and then just drive off because the first impression was not the best.
So, what should a seller do? Make sure your curb appeal is great. Clean the walkway and the porch. Put a potted plant by the front door. Make sure the front door is clean, freshly paint it if needed, maybe a pop of color. If there is room for a chair or two and a little table add them. Make the home look inviting. Make sure that your yard is manicured, pathways are clear and everything is looking spiffy.
2. The entry way is the first thing the potential buyer will encounter as they enter. Make sure it is free from clutter and clean. Maybe add a side table and dress it up with a stylish lamp or a plant. You could add a nice rug. The walls should be clean and be painted a neutral color. I’ve noticed lately that the buyers I’m working for are really loving light greys and whites. The fresher and more updated your home looks the better. Make sure that the entry light above is clean and bulbs are replaced. This goes for the front porch light as well.
3. Declutter. Remove as much as possible from each room. The less furniture in a room the larger the home looks. Don’t remove everything but just simplify. Clear off those coffee and end tables. You may not have large walk in closets and your closets are stuffed. Take out about 70% of the items and organize what’s left. You can put everything that you take out of the home in storage and get it ready for moving.
4. The kitchen is a big deal to many buyers. You don’ have to remodel it but there are a few things you can do to make it pop. Remove as much as possible off the countertops. Make sure your appliances are clean and in good working order. If they don’t match you may consider purchasing new matching ones. You can also add a stylish backsplash. Make sure your cabinets are clean, organized including your pantry. You can also add stylish new knobs.
5. Interior walls should be clean and a neutral color. If they need to be painted, then do so. You should simplify the walls and take down all personal photos. The buyer needs to feel an emotional attachment to the home and envision themselves living there. That’s hard to do if your family pictures are there.
6. Let the sunshine in. Dark homes don’t give people that warm and fuzzy feeling that they need. Best to add light where needed and turn lighting on during showings. Make sure your windows and screens are clean. Open the drapes and let that sunshine in.
7. Home buyers love cozy and comfy places. If you have a place that great to read or hang out outfit it with cozy and comfortable accents. Even a place in the yard like a firepit or patio. Make it look inviting like you would want to just hang out there.
8. Master baths and bathrooms rank high on the list with home buyers. If you can, update the vanity, counter top, faucets and toilet do so if needed. Swap out towels, rugs and shower curtains with fresh clean white ones. Make it as spa like as possible.
Pay attention to your floors. They should be clean, all clutter removed off of them. If you have carpeting clean it or replace if needed. Many people today are removing carpeting and adding laminate flooring or hardwoods. Clean tile and grouting.
10. Last, but not least if you have things that need repairing now would be a good time to take care of those items. We lead busy lives and all of us let things go from time to time. Take time to do them or hire someone to help you. It’s a good idea to do a prelisting home inspection so there aren’t any surprises once your home is in contract to be sold.