A small investment of time and money can result in a significant return.
When selling your home, taking the time to ensure it presents well to potential buyers will help you get a return on your largest investment. In the world of real estate, we call this staging. Staging allows potential buyers to see the true potential of your home.
Here are a few tips to help you as you prepare to put your home on the market.
1.) Clean, clean, clean. Remove grime from the bathroom(s), apply a fresh coat of paint, polish floors and dust hard to reach places. Get your home sparkling clean. Use soft scents (candles, essential oils), that are inviting, soothing and subtle.
2.) Declutter. Organize rooms to show how functional they are. For example, the spare room works perfectly as a spacious office. Decluttering also allows buyers to see the ample storage space in your home.
3.) Master Bedroom. Apply a fresh coat of paint using neutral colours. Linens should be neutral as well and remove clutter from dresser tops. Organize closets to show storage space available and ensure that the master bedroom appeals to both sexes.
4.) Update the outdated. Update a dated kitchen by painting cupboards instead of replacing them and purchasing new appliances. New kitchen appliances bring high returns from sellers as it screams “new kitchen.”
5.) Let the light in! Paint walls in light, neutral colours, open windows, inviting in natural light. Strategically place lamps (and keep on for showings) to create a warm and inviting space.
6.) Curb appeal. Paint if necessary, plant flowers that are in bloom, clear walkways of debris, hire a professional if needed to assist. The condition that the outside of a home is in is equally important to the outside. This also includes the backyard, deck, patio and/or garage and shed. Again, showcase your home’s full potential.
Staging your home does not have to be an overwhelming task. There are professionals that can help. Also, there are many free resources online that will give you tips, ideas, and how-tos. Invest a small amount of time and money, and you’ll significantly improve the quality and potentially the number of offers you receive on your home.