It’s clichéd, but it’s true — you never get a second chance to make a first impression! Before your home hits the market, it may need a little facelift. We know you love your home (it’s yours!), but will others? Sometimes all that love over the years means your home is looking just a little… too lived in. It’s important that buyers are able to envision a life of their own. Here are a few tips to be sure potential buyers get hit with Cupid’s [real estate] arrow of love.
It’s all about that curb appeal. The outside of your home is the first thing buyers see and sets the tone. Before even going inside, dead grass and a cracked driveway full of weeds could give buyers the impression that you haven’t taken care of the property. While you’re at it, give the windows a pressure wash, replace the weather-worn mailbox, give the front door and porch a fresh coat of paint, and maybe even create a small outdoor living space.
It goes without saying that your countertops should be clean and clear, but what about the closets? And that junk drawer? Pack away anything you won’t need in the next few months. Clutter eats equity. Nobody can see how nice and big those closets are when they’re filled to the brim! After they’re clean, keep them open. A tidy open closet can make a room look bigger.
3. Make it sparkle
Did you know that it’s often the kitchen that sells a home? Clean the oven inside and out, wipe down everything twice, and give the floor a good wash and wax. When in doubt, hire a professional cleaner. They’re trained to hit all the nooks and crannies you might look over. Everything should sparkle. And before the showing, clear the air. Light a scented candle.
4. Stage it to be inviting
Now that the clutter is gone, add a few appealing elements. Think tasteful seasonal decorations, a vase of flowers, plants, or a basket of fresh produce on your counter. Style the dining room table with vases down the center, or even set it for dinner (nothing too formal) to make it look inviting. In the living room, rearrange the furniture. Symmetry always looks good, and furniture arranged facing each other can create an inviting conversation area. Just before the showing, clear the air and light a scented candle.
Put a fresh coat of paint on all the walls. White is alway nice, but neutrals can create a rich, sophisticated tone, too. When you’re done, it should look clean and bright. Now is not the time for the fun and quirky bright orange accent wall. The point is to avoid creating any distractions that could prevent others from seeing the potential of your home.