1. Declutter. Clutter can be one of the biggest distractions to a potential buyer. Instead of focusing on the home they end up looking at all the stuff. Don’t throw it away, but pack it up and store it out of site.
2. Furniture: Big furniture can make rooms look smaller than they really are, and small furniture can make a room just look weird. Choose your pieces to accentuate the size of the rooms they are in.
3. Show the room as what it should be: It may work for you to setup your 3rd bedroom as a craft room, or the dining room as an office but when it comes time to showing your house, keep the room in their proper form. If it says 3 bedrooms and a dining room on the spec sheet, be sure that is what the buyer sees.
4. Proper lighting: Lights, lights, lights. Try to make sure that all of the lights are on in the home (including lamps) for showings, even during the daytime. Homes show much better with as much light as possible.
5. Repairs: Today’s buyers have plenty of options, and one of the biggest reasons for them to move on to the next home is finding your home in disrepair. We highly recommend getting a pre-home inspection and fixing all of the potential issues prior to buyers stepping into the home for the first time. Not only will this increase your chances of a buyer choosing your home, it will eliminate any surprises when the buyer does their home inspection and sends you the report.
6. Keep it neutral: Yes, buyer’s should be able to see past the crazy color you painted your walls, but why make them. They might not have to paint the other house they are looking at, and that could be just enough to let that potential buyer slip out of your hands.
7. Fresh flowers: Nothing says clean and fresh, like fresh flowers. Not only do they add a splash of color, but they typically add a pleasing aroma. It’s all about getting your buyers to FEEL at home.
8. Thorough Cleaning: It’s go time. This place needs to shine. Yes, it is difficult with kids, but this is your biggest investment you are trying to sell here. We are talking an initial major cleaning, such as cleaning carpets, removing stains, and scrubbing that bathroom until it sparkles. Then keeping it up for the entire time the home is on the market. In today’s competitive marketplace you have to “out shine” your competition.
9. Staged Dining Area: Yes, I know you rarely if ever use your dining room, but you can really make it pop by setting a formal place setting. Outdoor dining spaces also look great set with placemats, chargers, and proper plates and glasses.
10. Jazzed up Bedrooms. Upscale hotels do a great job of making bedrooms feel luxurious. You can do the same by updating your bedding and adding multiple throw pillows to the layout.
The difference between selling and sitting on the market will be a combination of proper pricing and setting your home apart from the competition. Use the 10 secrets above and you will be well on your way.
Contact Troy Stavros at 865-599-9444 today to assist you in marketing your home.