Tips For Sellers – Preparing Your Home for the Market
Most people understand that good “curb appeal” is important in getting top dollar for a home. After all, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Equally important to good curb appeal is how the interior of the house presents itself. The process is to essentially “deconstruct” your home as you live in it and then “reconstruct” it to be ready for sale.
The first step is to get a head start on reducing clutter throughout the house. This means clearing excessive papers, books on shelves and desktops, and minimizing overcrowded counter tops in kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
The second step is to determine if you need to reduce the amount of furniture in the house. The more cluttered the home appears, the more cramped it will feel to buyers. A garage, for example, can be a good place to store personal belongings while the home is on the market.
Step three is to “neutralize” the home so it appeals to the broadest possible audience. For example, freshen up your walls by choosing neutral paint colors. Also consider removing any polarizing political, religious, or symbolic objects, and any personal family photos. Personal objects in the home can make buyers feel like they are intruding on your home.
With the previous steps completed, you are now ready to do a thorough, deep cleaning of the home. Think of this as the “spring cleaning” effort of a lifetime!
The final step is to “reconstruct” the home so that it is easy to show, and each room is visually appealing. This may mean reorganizing existing furniture and decorations. A staging specialist can help organize existing furniture or refurnish the entire home.
Call me today for a professional opinion on how to get your home ready for the market.