Get Ready to Show Your Home
The key to success in today’s competitive real estate market is to position your home as the most desirable one! Overall, the most important variable in selling is the asking price, however, by creating an optimal showing condition you will set yourself apart from the competition.
Here is a checklist of things you can do before showing your home.
De-Clutter and Organize
Go through your home room by room and ask yourself what you can give away and what you can put in storage. Pay attention to areas like closets, shelves, kitchen and bathroom counters.
Lack of storage space can be difficult. Go through your closets and throw away or give away anything that you don’t need. Clean out bedroom closets so that hanging clothes are aligned and have ample space. Clean out your kitchen cabinets and line up dishes and glassware. Make sure bathroom and kitchen drawers are neatly organized.
Give your home a deep cleaning from top to bottom, including windows, upholstery, floors, the refrigerator and oven.
A fresh coat of paint is an effective way to enhance the appearance of your home. Remember to use neutral colors.
Brighten Things Up
Lighter colored rooms tend to give the impression of space; it’s important for every room in your home to have ample light. Make sure your windows are clean, raise blinds and turn on lights before showings. You can also add floor and table lamps to brighten darker rooms.
Maintain the Home's Exterior
Maintain your lawn and landscaping. In winter, shovel sidewalks and walkways. If you have a condo, pay attention to the area in front of the doorway. Keep it neat and inform the property manager of any problems, such as burned-out lights. Make balconies, decks and patios inviting with potted plants and flowers.
Make Needed Repairs
Make easy repairs such as touch-up spackling and painting, replacing a cracked window or torn screen, fixing a leaky faucet and changing burned out light bulbs.
Take Your Pets Out
Keep your pets out of the home during showings. Remember to conceal food bowls and litter boxes. If pet odors are present, have the home professionally cleaned.
Hire a Professional Home Inspector
Hiring a licensed home inspector prior to putting your home on the market will allow you to discover problems and make needed repairs before buyers make an issue out of them.
By law sellers have to disclose structural and mechanical problems, flooding, the presence of lead paint, information on radon and other known defects to potential buyers. Do not withhold this information. It can have much more serious repercussions than the problem itself.
Staging Your Home to Sell
Staging can be as simple as rearranging a few pieces of furniture or as elaborate as hiring a professional to furnish an empty home. I can give you suggestions for staging your home, I can help you decide if you would benefit from a professional stager.
Here are some easy and inexpensive staging tips to consider:
- Use neutral colors to help your home appeal to the largest number of potential buyers. Add color "pops" through accessories such as pillows, vases and rugs.
- Arrange furniture in small groupings to show off the room’s functionality, and don't overcrowd a room with furniture.
- Use light, airy window treatments, like simple sheers on a curtain rod. Hang window treatments so they cover the least amount of glass.
- Camouflage outdated furniture or worn upholstery with slip covers, and replace worn bedspreads and throw rugs.
- Keep kitchen counters clean and clear of all items, and remove all magnets and notes from the front of the refrigerator. If your kitchen needs an update, paint cupboards with a neutral color and replace knobs on cabinets.
- Remove all personal items from the bathroom counter. Stock fresh towels and get a new shower curtain and rug for the floor.
- Use interesting accessories to draw the eye to desirable features like built-in shelving, book cases or fireplace mantels.
- Put out some colorful fresh flowers.
- Display your collectibles (if you have some) in neat groupings.
- Don't forget your outdoor spaces; your back yard, patio and balcony. Add nice furniture, plants or flowers with seasonal settings.