Tuesday, November 19, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
First impressions are everything when selling your home. A buyer makes up their mind in a manor of seconds. While it would be nice to invest in value adding renovations and fixes it is not always possible.
Here are a few things that you can do to make your home stand out.
Curb appeal: make sure your home looks inviting when the potential home buyer drives up. Keep your yard in good shape, trim up those bushes, keep walkways clear and front porch clean. Add a potted plant, maybe add a couple of chairs or porch swing. Make sure to give your front door a fresh coat of paint if needed. Leave the porch light on for evening showings.
Entry way: Keep it free of clutter. Simplify, maybe add a bench or a small table with a lamp or a plant. Keep the floor clean and change the bulbs in the clean light fixture above.
Living room/dining room: Declutter and remove as much furniture as possible leaving it staged beautifully. The more furniture in a room the smaller it appears. Clear of coffee tables and end tables and just leave a center piece or lamps. Give the walls a good cleaning or repaint in neutral colors. Make sure the carpet/floors are clean. Drapes, blinds and windows clean. Dining room table may be set beautifully with place settings as if you were about to entertain.
Kitchen: Give your cabinets a good scrubbing or repaint if needed. Add some new hardware. Clear off the countertops and only leave a few needed items on them. Take those magnets off the refrigerator. Clean out your cupboards and pantry so that they are organized. Wipe down your appliances. If your appliances are old or mismatched it might be time to purchase new ones. You also can add a back splash to your counters or new hardware to the cabinets.
Bathrooms: First of all, make sure they are clean. Remove unneeded items and simplify the countertops. If your vanity needs it, repaint or replace. Add fresh hardware to the cabinets. Add a new shower curtain and matching towels and rugs in a neutral color. Make sure lights are clean and replace all bulbs. Tub and toilet sparkling clean.
Bedrooms: Declutter and organize. Take as much as you can out of the bedrooms leaving just the bed, night tables, and dresser. Put on a new or nice bedding comforter and a few throw pillows. Maybe add a throw to the end of the bed. Dressers and night tables cleared off with just a lamp or a flower or plant arrangement. Clean out your closet leaving clothes organized and not stuffed. Clean the blinds or drapes. Make sure the walls are painted in neutral colors and that they are clean. Clean the windows and again replace bulbs in the light fixtures.
Family Photos: Remove all family photographs and pack them away for your next home. A potential home buyer needs to be able to picture themselves in the home. That is hard to do if you have family photos around the home. Just leave a little bit of tasteful art on the walls and keep it simple.
Pets: No one likes to enter a home with pets they don’t know. Make sure to remove pets for showings or kennel them. There’s nothing worse than a dog jumping on you or barking while you are trying to see the home. Also, there is the possibility of them escaping out the door. It is hard to catch them, especially cats. Take them with you when you leave if possible.
During all showings leave and let the agent show the home. Home buyers don’t feel comfortable when the seller is there, and they can’t imagine the home as being theirs. Leave on all the lights and open blinds or curtains to let as much light in as possible.
I’m Pam with Haven Real Estate Group in Spokane WA. 509-731-3302