In real estate, great first impressions are imperative. Sellers should do their best to make sure their home gives an excellent one. When a home is cluttered, and in general disorder, buyers get a negative impression and may assume that the home is not in the shape they expect it should be when purchasing a new house. Clutter may suggest that there is not enough storage available. Disorder in a home makes it hard for buyers to see past the current state and into an organized environment.
Staging is a technique used to highlight a home’s strengths, downplay it’s weaknesses, and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers. Often, staging can make the difference between a buyer moving on to the next home, or putting in an offer.
With most home listings available to view on the Internet, the staging shown in the photos of your home on websites will either peak the buyer’s interest or eliminate the property from the options. The staging in the photographs can increase the viewings of the home, increasing the likelihood of a sale.
De-clutter kitchen counter tops putting unnecessary items away and only leaving out a few things. Make sure the majority of the counter top is visible. Put away magnets and papers hanging on the refrigerator.
Go through the bathrooms and remove all unnecessary objects from the counters, showers, toilets, and tubs. Coordinate the towels and shower curtains in one or two colors only.
Take down or reduce pictures on the walls. Make sure to patch and paint the nail holes and frame scratches if necessary.
Clean, Clean, Clean. Clean the carpets, the draperies, the furniture, the windows- anything that appears dirty. If it looks dirty to you, imagine how it looks to a buyer!
Thin out closet space. Pack up seasonal clothes and items you don’t need. By doing this, you are making the closet appear larger. Closets that seem over-stuffed may come across as too small to buyers.
Open the blinds and turn on all lights and lamps throughout the home when there is a showing or an open house. This makes the home appear light and airy.
Make sure the exterior of the home also gives a good first impression. Get a new doormat if the current one looks old and worn out. Weed the gardens and make sure the plants and lawn are well manicured.
Add some bright flowers to the entry way and the flowerbeds. It’s amazing what a pop of color can do to curb appeal!
In general, try to look at your home through a buyer’s eyes. This will help you see what needs to be done and will bring you the return of more money and a quicker sale.
Dyanna Chrisman, REALTOR,
brokered by Real Smart Realty
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