One of the important elements of your home being shown in its best light is the way it's staged. When a buyer walks into your home you want them to feel comfortable and happy. Being able to imagine themselves living there is as you can imagine, an important part of their decision to buy your home or not.
The first impression might be the only impression. Most buyers will drive by and glance at your property before they decide whether or not they want a viewing. Good curb appeal is an important part of this first impression and will make potential buyers want to see more. First thing on your list when you put your home up for sale is to grab them from the curb. Update the numbers on the front of your home, mow your lawn, get rid of those weeds, and add a couple of potted plants or flowers.
You may need to consider changing your paint colors to something neutral and pleasant, nothing is better than a fresh coat on the walls that fit the style of your home. Make your home feel as big as it can be by de-cluttering and properly positioning, and in some cases updating your furniture, to make your space flow its best and feel its largest. A home still needs enough decor to have it feel lived in, but keep in mind also that sometimes less is more. Keep your blinds and curtains open to bring in that natural light, is another way to make your home feel its largest and appeal to buyers.
Depersonalizing your home will get your buyers imagining themselves living there so take down your family pictures. Give each room in your home a purpose, if you have a spare room that currently isn't a space you use, turn it into a guest bedroom or an office.
Time to be a handy man and fix those minor repairs you keep putting off. Oil squeaky doors, freshen up caulking around the tub and sinks, replace old light fixtures, touch up dents and scratches in the walls... Pretend you’re a home buyer and walk through your home to see what else you can spot. You might be surprised at what you notice.
Clean, clean, clean. When it's show time you want your home to sparkle. From the floors to the ceiling, get rid of that dust and grime. Clean your windows... All buyers these days are window experts. Make sure your home smells fresh and clean with natural types of smells, but be careful... A strong scented odor can be as much of a red flag as a weird smell can be. When choosing which scents to use, choose types such as cinnamon or vanilla.
Not only will staging your home attract buyers and help it to sell quickly, it will also add value. Staging your home is never a waste of time or money. Your home deserves to be shown in its best light.
Since I'm a big believer that photos and video are now a big part of showcasing homes in their best light, I figured I would post a photo a day, give or take.