Get your home ready for resale and make it as memorable and marketable to potential buyers by using these seven tips:
- Stage your home
If you recently moved out of your home but it hasn’t sold, consider staging your house. The Corey Connection offers a staging service that brings in furniture and wall decor to make your house look homey but allows potential buyers to imagine their lives there.
- Half-Empty Closets
Great storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Taking half of the items out of your closet and neatly organizing what’s left will show off closet and storage size. Buyers will look in closets and cabinets so be sure they’re nice and tidy.
- Light It Up
Play up the light in your home. Open curtains, take down drapes, clean windows, change lampshades, increase wattage in your light bulbs and trim bushes in front of windows to let in sunshine. These fixes will make your house brighter and cheerier – making it more sellable.
- Conceal Pets
You may think a playful puppy or a cuddly cat could warm the hearts of potential buyers, but that isn’t the case. Not everybody is a pet lover. Potential buyers don’t want to walk into your home and see food bowls, a litter box or leave with pet hair on them. It will leave buyers with the impression that your house isn’t clean. If you’re planning an open house or have a showing do your best to conceal the fact that you have pets and take them with you when you leave.
- Take the Home Out of Your House
A crucial step when selling your house it to de-personalize it. The more picture frames, kids’ artwork and mementos a buyer sees the less potential they have of imagining themselves living there. Try removing a third of your stuff – put it in storage. It will make your home seem more spacious and easier for buyers to envision their lives there.
- Accentuate the Positive
You know what you like best about your home. What really drew you in when you saw your house for the first time? Likely buyers will be drawn to the same things. Whether it’s a great view, high ceilings, beautiful built-in bookshelves or a three-car garage do something to make sure buyers linger in those magic spaces.
- Smells Like Home
Many people like to bake cookies before they show their home to give it that homey smell. But if you don’t have time to bake before a showing or open house try putting a couple of dashes of vanilla on light bulbs. As it burns off it’ll give your house a fresh-baked cookie smell without all the work.