Our homes are our most prized possessions. Over time, they will appear worn and outdated. When it comes time to sell, what can a homeowner do to improve the look of their property and set their home apart from all the others? Without embarking on expensive changes, many improvements can be made with small changes and quick fixes. How the house presents itself begins the moment a potential buyer drives up to the property. When it comes to selling a home, you rarely get a second chance to make a first impression. Put your homes best foot forward from the beginning.
The most important tip is to create an fantastic curb appeal that will set the tone for the home, and draw potential buyers in. If the landscaping is lack luster and the outside facade appears to be worn and unappealing, an immediate judgment is perceived that will turn away visitors. Curb appeal is crucial to the success in the sale of a home. How the home appears from the outside may give an indication of how it may show on the inside. Once a buyer enters the home, the judging immediately begins. It is very important to stage the home in such a way that the buyer can envision themselves living in the home and raising a family in the space.
Tips on staging a home to impress buyers include:
*Clearing out the clutter so buyers are not distracted by all of the stuff
*Minimize the amount of furniture in each room
*Clear away family photos and personal momentum’s
*Repaint rooms with a fresh coat of paint; select warm calming colors for a neutral appearance
*Refresh baseboards, cabinets and moldings
*Fill in unsightly holes and cracks in the walls
*Replace old furniture with upgraded rental pieces to create a modern feel to the space
*Upgrade lighting fixtures in the kitchen and bedroom with modern and stylish choices
*Replace old bathroom fixtures and replace shower curtains, rugs, vanities, and towels; make sure bathroom is very clean and fresh
Another important space to upgrade is the kitchen. It is the heart of the home, and the place where most of a family’s time is spent together after a long hard day. It is extremely important that this room is appealing, comfortable and welcoming. Freshen this space by giving it a good cleaning and upgrade tiles, sinks, fixtures and cabinet hardware. Choose a warm neutral color that is calming to visitors. Make sure there is adequate lighting in all areas of the home.
There is no need to spend a lot of money staging your home. With inexpensive changes, your property will show beautifully and will be a front contender for a quick sale.