Monday, March 11, 2019 / by Christian Robinson
Showing your house is the exciting part of selling a home, but let's face it: It takes a lot of work to get there. As a seller, you want your home to make a great first impression on buyers, right?
To show your home in the best possible light, use these savvy seller tips.
Stash your stuff
When you're just living in your home, a bit of clutter is business as usual. Random items will be placed around the house in various places.
One way to help cut down on your personal belongings is to go room by room, boxing up anything you haven’t used or worn in at least six months. Even if you feel that there's nothing. Try anyway. You’ll probably be surprised by the stuff you won't miss.
Show no mercy when it comes to your kitchen counter: Remove everything but your coffee maker. Buyers will walk in and say, “Wow, such a huge kitchen!" This will allow home buyers to really envision themselves living there. Pack up personal items such as the framed photos, report cards on the fridge, or your kid's collection of hot wheels race cars.
Don't just stuff those things in the closet.
Closets often end up the dumping ground to store all the clutter that was once visible. Closet space is just as important of a buying consideration as any other. You want potential buyers to be able to see the true amount of space in each closet. Instead, stack boxes neatly in the attic, basement, or, best of all, a storage facility.
Boost your curb appeal
Finally, it is time to take a hard look at the outside of your house. After all, that's the first thing buyers will see when they pull up, so you've got to work that curb appeal hard.
For starters, take a good hard look at the paint. If it's looking dull or dingy, try power washing the entire place or just that area first. You can rent a power washer from most home improvement stores. A good wash can take off layers of dirt that make your home look underwhelming. Many times you may need to paint. If it's been a while, then it may be time for a new coat. At the very least, slapping a coat of paint on your front door will give you the most bang for your buck—because that's what buyers will see up close before they even knock.
Paint aside, your yard also needs to be in order. Overgrown trees can make a home seem dark and creepy. If your trees are touching any part of your house, you should scale them back. If your front lawn is lacking in shrubs and flowers, add some. Even in winter, you can find hardy plants such as evergreen boxwoods and holly bushes. This kind of goes without saying but make sure your lawn is mowed.
Once you've gotten your home looking fantastic both inside and out, it's time to break out your camera and spread the news that it's up for grabs: with an eye-catching real estate listing, of course!