Decluttering, minor repairs, and simple staging can make a HUGE difference in how a buyer views your home both online and in person. And we want to make sure your house makes a great first impression to all potential buyers! When our team performs a pre-listing walkthrough to discuss your goals and home pricing, we'll also give you a list of personalized suggestions to make your home leave a good impression on buyers.
Here are a few general tips to help you showcase your home's value:
Remove Clutter & Let It Shine
Give your home a deep cleaning. Remove clutter, clear off counters, and pack away unnecessary decorative items. Put extra furniture in storage & don't forget to clean up your storage areas.
Give your windows & screens a good clean to bring more natural light into your home. Replace any burnt out bulbs & consider adding brighter bulbs to darker rooms. Clean your walls or give them a new coat of bright, neutral paint. And replace heavy curtains with sheer ones to show off a view.
Keep It Clean
A deep clean before listing your home will make regular upkeep easier. Consider hiring a cleaning service to help keep things neat while on the market.
Try to tidy your home each night and make beds each morning in case of last-minute showings during the day.
Perform a Sniff Test
Open your windows to air out the house and clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate odors. Consider using scented candles and diffusers to pump fresh scents into the house.
For some quick fixes in the kitchen, place cotton balls soaked in vanilla extract to make the fridge smell nicer. You can boil lemon juice in your microwave and add it to your dishwasher to help eliminate odors. Then, run the lemon rinds through your garbage disposal for a similar effect.
In summer, shut A/C vents on the first floor so more air will get upstairs. Reverse the process in winter.
Take Care of Repairs
Sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they'll give buyers the impression that the house isn't well-maintained.
Tidy Up Your Yard
Your front yard is the first impression a buyer will have of your home, so make it a good one.
Cut the grass, rake the leaves, add new mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways, and clean the gutters. A pot of bright flowers near the entryway adds great curb appeal.
Set the Scene
Stage your home to look welcoming.
Bright accent pillows can easily jazz up a dull room. And pretty dishes or simple centerpieces on a table can help buyers picture themselves living there.
If you have a fireplace, clean up any ashes and lay fresh logs inside.
In the bathrooms, make sure your personal toiletries are out of sight, along with old towels and toothbrushes. Add a new shower curtain and some fancy guest soaps.
Lock Up Valuables & Medication
While we like to believe the best in everyone, agents cannot watch everyone at all times. Make sure any valuables and medications are safely stowed away.
It can be awkward for everyone if you're at home at the time of a showing. Make plans to be out of the house when showings occur.
If you have pets that will be home during a showing, try to crate them or confine them to one room and let real estate agents know where they will be to eliminate surprises.
These are just a few suggestions that we offer to make sure your home leaves a great impression on buyers. To learn more about how our team can help your home stand out from the rest, call our agents at 434-214-6121.