Most of us do at least a few things to make our home more presentable when guests come to visit. Showing your home for sale is very similar. Think of preparing your home as if you were having not one but hopefully several special guests that will be seeing every aspect of your home. The following are some tips to help you properly prepare for your house buying guests.
Clean. Nothing smells better than clean, unadulterated clean. Open a window to let fresh air in before potential house buyers arrive. Be careful with scented candles and fresheners that may cause allergic reactions in a larger and larger percentage of our population and therefore some of your guests. No one will want to buy a home that they are allergic to.
Create easy access at entrances and make sure there is lots of room for coats and footwear. Make it is easy for a group of people to enter your home at once and that there is lots of space for them to store their outerwear while they visit. Feeling crammed and uncomfortable to start is not a good first impression.
Tidy and reduce clutter. Put away personal belongings. Remember that these special guests will be looking at every inch of your house. There is no just hiding things in a closet or room and closing the door here! Make your house look great and moving day easier by donating, selling, or trashing unused and useless items in your home.
Let guests know where things are. Potential buyers need to know. Imagine these were overnight guests. Show them where light switches, thermostats, and amenities are and how to operate household features. It needs to be obvious what a room is used for and where they can find or put things.
Have the laundry done and put out fresh linens. Make sure the linen closet contents are stacked neatly and there are fresh linens on beds and in bathrooms. Crumpled up towels and dirty socks on the floor will make guests feel unwelcome.
Limit your pets’ presence. You love your pets, but not everyone feels the same way. Put your pet out in the yard, in their kennel or with friends while visitors are seeing your home. Make sure they don’t leave behind any “presents”. No guest is pleased with souvenir dog or cat fur on their clothes.
Treat your potential buyers like special guests and they will want to stay in your home longer, not just as a guest, but as the new owner.
Highlight and draw attention to elements in the home, such as a great view, architectural details, even repairs, renovations or equipment upgrades. Your kitchen and bathroom are prime selling opportunities, so pay special attention to these areas. For example, keep your kitchen counters clear of any knickknacks and small appliances, and remove any magnets or personal items from your fridge. Remove as many personal items as you can from the bathroom so it looks pristine and that there is lots of counter space available. Replace leaking or worn faucets to give a new look to the room. Make sure to clean under the sinks. Potential homeowners will be checking out all the details. If there are any leaks, fix them. Then clean up the damage using contact paper or paint. Spending a little extra time to fix up the existing items in the home is an inexpensive way to make great changes, therefore increasing the selling value and decreasing the time it will be on the market.
STAGING – Simple Mistakes That Lead Potential Buyers to Believe There is Not Enough Space in Your Home
Everyone wants a home that feels spacious; this is one of the top requirements that surveyed potential buyers are looking for.
Often our homes have a lot of space but it does not appear that way. The way we live in our homes, our accumulation of possessions and inadequate preparation will tell buyers that your home is smaller than it actually is.
Here are some things that will prevent the buyer from seeing the amount of space you actually have.
1. Closets that are overflowing with clothing and jammed too tightly
2. Plastic storage containers that fall on the floor when the cupboard door opens
3. Counter drawers that don’t flow open easily because they are crammed with too much stuff or don’t work properly
4. Kitchen and bathroom counter tops piled with household items with no free space remaining
5. Heavy and closed draperies or dirty windows that make the room dark
6. Dark, harsh paint colors and certain wallpapers
7. Too much furniture or too many accessories that make the room look small and crammed
8. Too few or inadequate lamps and lighting sources
9. Walkways within each room too shallow
10. Too many small knickknacks and pictures
Space may not be the final frontier when selling a home, but it is an important one. Make sure you eliminate these mistakes and the length of time your home will stay unsold on the market.