If you are getting ready to put your house on the market, consider a few of these tips to help maximize appeal and improve how well your house shows to prospective buyers.
1) Enhance curb appeal.
When a house goes on the market, generally the owners have expended some thought and energy towards making the interior of the home look immaculate. But, you only get one opportunity to make a positive first impression, so do not let the exterior of your home go untouched:
- Power wash the house! A quick power wash takes years of dirt off of the house, making a huge immediate difference. Get the siding back to a vibrant state and have the windows sparkle.
- Make sure your house number is clean and easy to read. Visitors dislike not being able to identify the house quickly as it makes the house not feel welcoming.
- Consider a handful of new landscaping to impress upon visitors. Fresh greenery really enhances the appeal of the home and gives the impression that the home is well attended to. And don’t forget to prune back overgrowth.
- Create a welcoming front door and porch area. This can be a simply a new door mat, a coat of vibrant paint on the front door, or a casual patio set that creates an inviting seating area.
Many of these exterior improvements can set the tone for the rest of the showing, impressing upon buyers the feeling of a cared-for home, one of steady maintenance and quality upkeep.
2) Make obvious repairs.
Now is a good time to attend to the small repairs that have accumulated over the years of living comfortably. Broken window pane, cracked deck tiles, non-functioning light fixtures – addressing the visually-obvious issues beforehand helps touring buyers stay focused on the big picture of whether the house is a good fit for their needs. Removing these detracting items paves the way for a smooth and favorable showing.
3) De-clutter and depersonalize.
Buyers want to envision their belongings in the home they are touring. Help them see that vision by removing personal effects such as framed photos, tchotchkes, extra items of furniture, and toys. The idea is to have the house look generic and spacious. The old adage “less is more” is sage advice to heed. Hire a cleaning crew to deep clean the house and have every surface return to near-original glory. Keep in mind that people during showings may check out the closets and cluttered closets imply lack of storage, so definitely make a pass at organizing and filtering through your closet spaces.
The teal accent wall highlighting the dining room might be too bold for some buyers. If you are going to make some light redecorating changes, consider going neutral in the choices you make. A neutral palette is generally received as welcoming and will appeal to the majority of the people walking through the house. Complementing color can be added through linens and bedding and décor items.
Once the house has been prepped, then the discussion can progress to furniture staging. Stay tuned next week and we will provide some staging advice.