If you have sold a house before, you know it can be a challenge to make an impact on a tricky real estate market. Making sure your home is working for you instead of against you can make all the difference. Here are a few tips to follow to help your home say “buy me” to your potential buyers.
1) Clear out the clutter.
Removing the majority of your personal items can eliminate a lot of clutter and better show off how much space the home has to offer, but it has another advantage, too. By getting rid of the evidence that you own the home, the potential home buyers can better envision themselves—and their personal items—in the home.
2) Staging is everything.
You want to clear out your personal items, but you don’t want to clear everything out. Make sure the home stays staged with furniture, and make sure you keep a few essentials around to help it stay warm and inviting. Keep a blanket on a chair in the living room and maybe set a book on the coffee table to give the impression of a comfy, warm space. Stage a few movies around the entertainment room, and keep a few toys in a room for the kids to play with while the parents browse.
Live plants can really help to liven up the space, and remember to keep bath towels, shower curtains, and window treatments in the home. It is also a good idea to keep curtains open to let lots of light in, and you may even want to stage certain spaces with lighted lamps to really emphasize all of the room’s cozy, warm, features.
3) The kitchen is key.
The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in any home, so you want to make sure it looks as warm and functional as it is. Make it inviting by setting a wind bottle out with wine glasses around it, or set out a cake pan with a box of cake mix. Hint: if you pour a little vanilla extract onto a baking sheet and pop it in the oven, it will make the whole kitchen smell like cookies—there is nothing more inviting than that!
4) Curb the appeal.
Or rather, make sure your home has curb appeal. Paint the shudders, wash the siding, mow the lawns, and do some gardening. Adding some solar lights can also go a long way to make a space feel more inviting—and they will draw attention to the features you want people to notice.