Every home is different, but here are some common sense ideas you can implement to help elevate your home above a crowded market. We recommend in most cases that a staging professional be hired to assist you so that you may present your home in its best light to potential new owners. If your home is not staged well it won’t show well and in this market, that means a lower list and sales price. Below are some basic guidelines to help get you started preparing and staging your home for sale.
Begin With the Outside of Your Home
You only get one chance to make a first impression. So, start with the view from the street to the front door. If your mailbox shows its age, paint it or replace it. If your home is painted, a good rule of thumb is that if it has been more than 5 years since it was painted, it probably needs to be painted again. Pressure wash the curb, driveway and sidewalk. Make sure your lawn is manicured and your plants look fresh and inviting. Finally, consider your front door itself. Make sure the paint is fresh, the locks work easily and the door opens with out any use of force. A nice touch prior to your home being shown to clients is to spray a fine mist of water over the yard to give it a nice shine. This looks especially warm and inviting around dusk.
Lighting is the First Impression on a Buyer
Brighter is better here so make sure all lights are operational with the highest wattage bulb allowed for each fixture. Warmer tones should only be used for accent lights to help add special character or to develop depth in a room. Yellow lights can make a room look dingly and dull the colors on walls.
Remove unnecessary items from tables, mantles, floors and counters. Items in these areas tend to shrink the feel of the house. Personal items should be removed wherever possible. Your goal is to sell your home so keep your buyers focus on the house, not on you, your family or photos from your vacations.