If you are thinking about selling your home, it’s generally a good idea to remove clutter, put away the family pictures and to make sure your house is nice and clean prior to listing it for sale. However, even when your home shows nice, buyers can by tough to figure out as they can fall in (or out of) love for a variety of different reasons. Below are some simple tips that can go a long way in the seller process.
Light it up Aside from location, lighting in homes is a top priority for potential buyers. Make sure that your home is bringing in as much light as possible…open up the curtains, change out the heavy drapes, have appropriate wattage in your light bulbs and trim back the bushes and trees to let more natural light in. A bright and cheerful house is attractive and will make your home more inviting to potential buyers.
Hide the pets As much as your dog or cat is part of your family, it’s important to remember that not every buyer feels the same way. Hiding or limiting the clues of pets can be a great way to make your house more appealing. This means putting away any pet food bowls and making sure that no pet toys or beds are visible. If you have a pet that sheds, make sure to do a thorough vacuum before any house showing and obviously try to make arrangements for your pet not to be home during the showing.
The kitchen is the heart of the home Having a stand out kitchen is one of the best ways to attract buyers. If your kitchen is not newly renovated, a few simple upgrades can make a world a difference. For example, replacing cabinet hardware or faucet set are usually quick and affordable solutions that can provide a modern touch to an outdated kitchen. While painting to a neutral color allows potential buyers to start envisioning their own style in the home.
Less is more Over-crowded or cluttered space is one of the most common forms of negative feedback from prospective buyers. So it is very important that your house feels spacious and will have plenty of room for a buyer and all of their belongings. Some easy de-cluttering tips include emptying out closets, taking plate ware out of kitchen cabinets, cleaning off desks and removing piles of things like unused picture frames. Removing items that will not go with you to the new house before you list your home is a simple way to create space and provide a better flow.
It’s not just what is on the inside that counts Your goal is for buyers to imagine themselves happily living in your home from the moment they arrive. This means the first thing they’ll see isn’t your fabulous kitchen or spacious family room, but your yard. Freshening up the landscape in your yard and planting a few flowers can make the house seem welcoming and more inviting. A clear pathway to the front door & a new clean doormat can set the mood as potential buyers enter your home.
Show what the room is intended to be Buyers are typically walking through your home trying to envision how they will best utilize the space to fit their needs. This usually means that it’s a good idea to stage the house with the natural intended layout in mind. The spare bedroom that is being used as an office may be the perfect fit for you, but you should consider converting it back prior to listing your home. For multipurpose rooms, it’s best to decorate in a way that guides the buyer with a suggested use. .
Neutral is key When it comes time to pick out what type of décor to have out during your home showings, neutral is better. The more neutral the decorations, the easier it is for the buyer to imagine themselves in your home. This goes for children’s bedrooms too- your daughter may love that purple bedding but switching to something more neutral for buyers can be key.
Details matter Every detail matters when it comes to selling your home, and buyers notice just about everything. Replace switch plates & outlet covers if they look old or are especially worn down, and polish all door handles and hardware so they look extra clean. Using a Mr. Clean magic eraser to remove scuffs and marks on walls can make your home more attractive to buyers without them even realizing it.
Beyond some simple tips, one of the most important decisions you will make is in selecting the right Realtor. The proper agent understands the importance of the staging process and will help you get the most out of your layout. This can be all the difference in the world between actually selling your home and maximizing your final sales price. For assistance with selecting an agent or with help beginning the Pre-Qualification processes, The Kelly Mortgage Team at Envoy Mortgage is here to help. Give us a call at 610-355-1801 and we will work with you to meet all of your needs.