So you’re selling your home. Of course you want it to get sold as soon as possible and for top dollar. To help ensure this, it pays to make certain preparations to increase your property’s desirability as well as its chances for getting sold fast and for the best possible price.
10 tips to give your home the “wow” factor it needs to impress potential buyers.
1. Boost your curb appeal.
Make potential buyers fall in love with your home from the street by adding plants and flowers, power-washing patios & walkways, weeding the garden and mowing the lawn. The exterior makes the first impression, so make sure it’s a good one!
2. Clean, clean, clean.
Think 5-star hotel clean. Mop, dust, vacuum, wash windows, etc. People will look in your cupboards, under your sinks and in your closets. Also, pay particular attention to odors. You might even consider consulting a neutral nose by having a friend come by for a smell test.
3. Pay attention to color and light.
Neutralize strong colors for the broadest appeal. A neutral home appears larger and has less chance of turning off a buyer. Also, open up blinds, draperies, and windows to make sure there’s sufficient natural
light throughout the home. Remember, lighting is the most effective way to set a mood.
A cluttered home deters buyers. They need to see your home, not your stuff. Excessive personal items like photos, collections, personal awards, electronics and collectibles will make it difficult for buyers to see past your personal style and may dissuade a sale. Taking yourself out of the picture makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves, and their belongings, in your space.
5. Consider replacing furnishings.
Think about removing or replacing worn or outdated furnishings and get rid of extra pieces. Dated furniture can easily become eclectic with editing and rearranging. Consider consulting with a professional staging company for design direction and advice on rental furnishings to create an inviting home with broad appeal to a wide range of buyers.
6. Invest in new artwork.
Displaying new artwork is a great way to breathe new life into a room. Photography can be used to contemporize a room and add a splash of color as well.
7. Make repairs.
Repair squeaky doors, chipped or smudged paint as well as broken fixtures and fittings that you’ve neglected.
8. Apply a fresh coat of paint.
It’s the best bang for your buck that will quickly refresh a dull, dated room. Slap a fresh, neutral color on the space. Choose a beige or white for living spaces and a neutral tone for bathrooms.
9. Don’t forget the floors.
Get rid of worn carpets, and consider refinishing shabby hardwood floors. An inexpensive new area rug is a quick fix and can disguise the look of old floors.
10. Spring for new light fixtures.
Renew the look of the room by replacing old or dated light fixtures, door hardware, light switches and outlets. If it’s tacky and older than you, get it out of there.
A word of caution – don’t over-upgrade. Focus on the essentials and when in doubt, consult your Realtor. We can advise you as to which upgrades are more likely to give you the best return on investment.