When the time comes to prepare your home to sell, it takes more than just connecting with the right realtor and pricing the home competitively to sell in your location. One of the most overlooked aspects of selling a home is properly staging it so that you make it irresistible to buyers. Here are a few things brought to us from Charleston homes for sale guru’s over at Premier One, that you can do to make potential buyers fall in love with your home.
1. Removing All the Clutter – When a potential buyer is walking through your home, they are going to become emotionally invested in this purchase. If the closets are stuffed, garage has piles of boxes, and the basement looks cluttered, no one can imagine themselves with their belonging sin place of yours, so they don’t fall in love with the house during that important first walk-through.
2. Spring Cleaning Plus – Imagine all the work you do on the house when spring cleaning, and then ramp that up a dozen times to prepare the house for potential buyers. This is the most important sale of your life, so showcase all the best of your house and make it easy for buyers to see themselves living there. Hire a cleaning crew to steam clean carpets, wash windows, paint rooms, repair tile caulk, and polish flooring.
3. Eliminate Personality – If you ever shopped for a new house, you fell in love with the neutral decor and pristine nature of each room. In your home, take down pictures of your family off the walls or refrigerator, make it neutral. The key here is giving the potential home buyer the ability to imagine their family inside the house, not trying to imagine your family not being there. Place images of landscapes throughout the house to erase those images in the minds of the buyers.
4. Transform Home Exterior – Curb appeal is everything when selling a house, you lose buyers you never knew were even considering your house when they see a dirty and unkempt exterior and drive away. Hire crews to maintain the lawn, trim hedges, trim trees, paint the home exterior, power wash the driveways, walkways, and rain gutter, repair the fence, and plant new flowers throughout.
These simple changes to your home will put it in the best possible light and make it so much easier for any buyer to imagine living there. Once they are emotionally invested, they will find the means to close the deal with your realtor and your home will sell in a timely manner.