Selling your home is more art than science. There are some things you can’t change about your home: where it is located, for example. But among the things you can do is to make it stand out when prospective buyers come to visit. You want to appeal to the buyer’s emotions by making them feel immediately comfortable when they enter the door. So don’t leave their impression of your castle totally up to them. Help them imagine themselves living in your home. Here are some valuable tips from freshome.com.
It is a proven fact that homes that are staged will sell quicker than those that are not. Follow these home staging tricks to give yourself the edge over your competition.
Create curb appeal
Before buyers set foot in your home, they will first see the exterior of your home. Keep the lawn, landscaping, driveway and walkways neatly manicured. Ensure the front entry and front door are inviting, and consider placing flowers and a fresh door mat to welcome in perspective buyers. If you can, consider hiring a yard service while your home is on the market to keep it looking great at all times.
If you don’t immediately need it then throw it away, donate, sell or pack it up. Your home needs to have the minimum amount of furnishings and belongings as possible, but still look livable. Since you are moving in the near future, how about starting to pack up boxes and place them in the garage or storage unit?
When you have out-of-town guests come to stay with you, do you clean beyond the ‘normal’ clean? I hope so! This is the amount of clean needed in your home on a regular basis. If you know you will have a showing of your home, clean the day before. The cleaning odors will be gone by the following day. Don’t give a buyer a reason to think your home is dirty.
Bring in light
Open all windows treatments and makes sure windows are clean. Swap out heavier drapery for lighter weight fabrics. For rooms that are too bright, use sheers that will diffuse light and cast a glow into your space.
Neutralize your home’s color
Most people are looking to buy a home, not a project. If your home has various different colors in each room prospective buyers will see that as a paint job they will have to do after they buy the house. If the living room is blue and the bedrooms are pink and green you’re visually chopping up the house. This will make it feel smaller and less unified in addition to potentially turning off a buyer if they don’t happen to like your color choices. Cover these colors with neutral tones and use warm camel, beiges, grays and warm whites to unify and enlarge the rooms.
Appeal to their senses
Home buying is an emotional process, so appeal to their senses when staging your home. Soft music playing when perspective buyers enter your home is inviting and welcomed. The smell of fresh baked cookies (make the night before and pop in microwave quickly before guests arrive) always warms up a buyer. Soft throw blankets across a reading chair and soft hand towels in the bathrooms will appeal to their sense of touch and will add coziness to your home.
Leave the house ready for an offer
This simply means every time you walk out the door your home should look like a buyer would want to make an offer on it, that day. Once your home is on the market, live as if a Realtor could call you any minute to show your home. This idea isn’t far from reality! Teach older kids about picking up after themselves while you home is on the market. Each member of the family will have to do less each day, if everyone helps keep it tidy and clean.
Remove personalized belongings
Let your perspective buyers’ picture themselves in your home. To do this, your personal family photographs, children’s artwork on the refrigerator, and collections should be removed. Don’t give the buyer a chance to form an opinion of your home based on your taste and personalized belongings. Let them savor your home for its characteristics and not your stuff!
Be ready for evening showings of your home
With busy schedules, often times Realtors will show your home in the evening. This means lighting needs to be inviting in each area of your home. Walk through your home in the evening and see if there are dark, unlit spaces and address them with a table lamp, sconce, or overhead light source.
Remember that even though you have hired a Real Estate agent to sell your home, your relationship with that agent is a partnership. He or she will take care of the marketing and promotion. Your job is to polish the product. And when you consider that the prospective buyer may have a half dozen or more homes on the list to visit on the same day they are visiting yours, you want your “product” to be the one they remember. And since many home sellers don’t even consider using any of these tips, you’ll be ahead of the game if you do. A little effort in this area can yield big results more quickly than you would have thought.