Thursday, February 14, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Getting your home ready can take some work but it’s so important.
You should go through your home and declutter. Put away the items that are not being used. Each room will look larger and more inviting if there is less in it. A good rule of thumb is less is best. Potential homebuyers will be able to envision themselves in a home that has less in it. They have to feel connected to the home and picture themselves living there. Take down family photos and do a thorough cleaning. This will be time well spent. Take those magnets off the frig. Change the light bulbs so they’re nice and bright. Wipe down walls and doors. Give a fresh coat of paint to the front door or the walls if needed. Has that carpeting been cleaned? Take as much as possible off the countertops and make those appliances shine.
It’s a good idea to have your agent go through your home with you and tell you what should be removed and cleaned up. When we are in our homes everyday we tend to not notice stuff. For example, I noticed I had left a Christmas decoration out for several months and didn’t even realize. That same agent should help you stage your home with your own furnishings.
They can tell you what pieces of furniture should be moved out and where the furniture should be placed to make each room look wonderful. Sometimes adding some updated curtains or a rug, or maybe putting a new comforter on your bed would brighten up the room. Your agent isn’t doing you any favors if they are not honest with you, after all, that’s what you are paying them for to get the most money you can get on the sale of your home.
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If there are any odors they should be addressed. Sometimes we don’t know that something smells in our home. Being there every day we can’t tell. It could be cooking smells or pet odor or something else. Have a friend or your agent tell you if they smell anything. If there is an odor you will want to take care of it. However, don’t take care of it by fragrances. I potential buyer will think that you are trying to cover up something. Usually, all it takes is a good scrubbing and cleaning to get rid of odors. Odors will really detour someone from making an offer.
Let’s talk about curb appeal. You’ve scheduled some showings for your home. You certainly don’t want them to drive up only to drive away. Curb appeal is crucial. Clean up that yard. Trim the bushes, trees and weed the flowerbeds. Sweep up the walkway and clean off the front porch. If the front door needs painting to give it a fresh coat. Add a pot of fresh flowers by the front door. If you have a front porch add a couple of chairs and make the space inviting. Cut the lawn and pick up any pet droppings. You don’t want them stepping in that!!
When the potential buyer comes in the house you want it to be inviting. You should have neutral colors. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint and take down that old wallpaper. Grays and whites are really popular right now. These are things that will help you get the most for your home.
It’s also important that the home is well maintained. If there is anything that needs to be fixed, fix it before putting your home on the market. If a home is well maintained it will show and a buyer will feel confident knowing the home has been loved. You certainly don’t need to remodel your home before selling but there are simple things you can do to get it ready to sell that don’t cost a lot.
Thanks for reading. If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
Pamela Glende | Spokane Realtor
Haven Real Estate Group