It is critical that you absolutely showcase a house for sell. When putting your home on the market, a key to remember is it should look like a model home. Make sure your lawn is well manicured, and your front door is freshly painted or at least freshly scrubbed and inviting. The interior of the home should be spotless, warm, and also very inviting to prospective buyers.
Remove ALL Clutter
Often buyers are unable to see past clutter and personal knick knacks that may be adorning your home, resulting in the buyer rejecting the home and looking for additional options. Be sure to remove all clutter, personal pictures, etc. Many of these things are wonderful mementos of home, but when selling, and trying to get the highest price possible for your home, you want a potential buyer to be able to see themselves living there with their families, as their home.
Kitchens & Baths Sell Homes
Far and away the most important rooms in your house when selling are the kitchen and bathrooms. Make them sparkle! Put away all small appliances on the counter, clean the sinks, oven, and stove. Put out your best towels, shower curtains and rugs in the bathroom. When looking at your kitchen or bathroom, buyers should feel at home, comfortable and warm.
Neutralize, Neutralize, Neutralize
It is important to remember that in order to sell your house a prospective buyer must be able to envision the home as their own, with their own tastes, style, and furnishings. Paint all walls a very neutral color (off white is a safe bet). Bright colored walls may offend many buyers who don’t have similar tastes. Remove any wall paper that has very intricate designs (again buyers may have very different tastes than yours).
Let The Light In
Great lighting is essential in showcasing a beautiful home. A bright, cheery house sells much faster than a dark, dismal one. Turn all the lights on, open the blinds, and make sure that light is permeating the house. Buyers love light, bright houses.
Leave The Home When Buyers Are Viewing It
Make plans to be away briefly whenever an agent is showing your home. Buyers are often unable to get completely comfortable and enjoy the feeling and ambience of a house if the current owner is in the house or following them around from room to room while they view it. When the house is empty buyers are able to better absorb and appreciate the ambience, warmness, and comfort of the home – allowing them to see it as their own.