So you want to sell your house quickly and without the Realtor? Now it’s time to look at it, as objectively as possible because your prospective buyers will be scrutinizing it.
First impressions matter most. This is one concept that many homeowners trying to sell their homes fail to understand. Curb appeal is the first impression when it comes to a house. For this reason you should pay careful attention and spend enough time and effort making the outside of the home appealing to potential buyers.
Clean the sidewalks and driveway. It is amazing what a high power pressure washer can do. Don’t stop there however; take the time to make sure your doors and windows are clean as well.
Another thing you can do to add curb appeal is to plant low maintenance flowers and plants around the exterior of your home. The point is to make the house attractive on the outside and inviting by adding sparks of color.
The primary rooms that you will want to appear spotless are the living room, dining room, master bedroom, and all bathrooms. These are the rooms that essentially sell homes and it is important to make them appear neat, orderly, and well cared for.
Stick with beige and fuel your buyer’s imagination with neutrals. Add color with accent pillows and colorful artwork instead.
You want to create an atmosphere or warmth, comfort and happiness. This means you want to have prints on the walls, window treatments, mirrors, plants, and pillows. Use the rule of three: arrange your items, artwork and pillows, in groups of three – it is more appealing to the eye.
Removing family photos is a good idea. Remember, you want to depersonalize the space because you want prospects to envision themselves living in the home.
The last but not the least are scents. There is nothing quite like the smell of cookies in the oven or flowers in bloom to make a home feel ‘homey’. These scents can be easily accomplished with well placed scented candles, potpourri, fresh-cut flowers, and electric room air fresheners. This is yet another part of the staging process that works well for many sellers just be careful and don’t over do it.
Staging a home can absolutely lead to a higher offer and a quicker sell, even in today’s sluggish market, and you owe it to yourself to make the best of it.