If you are planning to put your house on the market this summer, you are probably hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get as much for it as you can. Setting the stage for success is vital, if you are going to create a good and lasting impression.
Here are a few ideas to help you.
Boost curb appeal: Buyers may do a quick drive-by first, so make sure driveways are power washed, house numbers are easy to read, plant flowers and shrubs, mow the lawn.
Create an inviting entrance: Make it say “welcome home”, with a clean door mat and potted plants.
Get your house sparkling clean: Every surface should sparkle. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff, especially if you have a large house. Don’t skimp — this step is key!
Clear away all clutter: Clutter must go, end of story. It may require utilizing offsite storage temporarily. You are going to be moving anyway, so why not take the first step?
Choose sophisticated neutral colors: Warm mid tone neutrals create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything look more pulled together.
Master Bedroom: Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored master bedroom. You can’t go wrong with clean, crisp linens, and a blanket folded at the foot of the bed.
Open those closets: Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers. Aim to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.
Clean up toys: Buyers are imagining a fresh start. Show them that in this house, it is possible to have a beautifully organized children’s room, and they might be swayed.
Use only perfect personal accents: It is important that anything left out for visitors to see is pristine. Bars of soap should be fresh and clean, towels spotless, the garbage always emptied.
Beware of pet odors: If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces.
Create a lifestyle people are looking for: Hanging a hammock in your backyard and a bench swing on your porch could be the perfect touch.
You may want to hire a home stager to assist you, or ask your Real Estate Agent what they suggest. Happy home selling and here’s to new beginnings.
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