- Curb Appeal is the first impression a prospective buyer gets of your home and you only have one chance to make an impact. Make sure grass is not only cut but detailed, edged and blown. You might want to put inexpensive sod patches or plugs in brown areas of your lawn and make sure that the shrubs, especially in front, are all neatly trimmed.
- This is a must! Keep your entrance very clean of all of the leaves, dirt and cobwebs that gather there. Detail the front entry door to make sure it is free of dirt in cracks of the design of the door. A prospective buyer stands for an extended period of time at the front door while the Realtor accesses the keys from the lock box leaving them time to study everything. This is a preview of the rest of the home and a positive experience at the entrance can set the tone of the showing.
- The WOW! happens when the door opens. Everything on the inside needs to be extremely neat and clean with soft music playing to create a gentle, peaceful atmosphere. The furniture should be placed thoughtfully so that the space flows together seamlessly. Never place furniture so it blocks views or passage. Make it look welcoming, peaceful, comfortable and appealing so that the potential buyers are not in a hurry to leave. It is proven that the longer they stay, the more apt they are to buy.
- All wall Colors should be neutral (generally off white) because everyone does not share the same design taste. People will walk away from a beautiful home and a great buy if the colors are not to their liking. This is a subliminal effect; many times buyers don’t know why they feel ill-at-ease but come away saying that they just don’t “feel good” about the property. Also, remember to fill all holes and cracks in the drywall. Try to remove as many personal photos as you can, especially along the hallways, as you want them to picture their family in the home, not yours.
- All Clutter needs to be removed! Sparse is always best. Minimalism can make a home look bigger, more well-cared-for and spacious. Keep the blinds open and the lights on so that the home looks bright, big and cheerful.
- Clean! Clean! Clean! Clean homes sell. Clean your carpets and your baseboards, shine your faucets, put your dishes away, make the beds and put in extra effort to keep your home constantly in “Show To Sell” condition. Use cleaning materials that put off a pleasant fragrance that says WELCOME HOME!
These 6 tips will give your home the competitive edge on other houses in your area. When it looks good, smells good and feels good, a home sells more quickly than the closest comparable properties for sale. For additional tips, or to receive an “equity update” on your homes worth, visit our seller link here or call the phone number above or below. Have a great day!