Selling your home is not for the faint at heart!
Today's buyer expects every home to look exactly like the shows that they see on HGTV, the ones that have been professionally renovated and staged. Appearance is more important than ever before.
If you are planning to sell your home soon here are some tips to get you started.
Remove all shoe racks and coat trees/hooks from the entry way. If needed put some stuff in storage. If your entry way looks messy and full of coats and shoes buyers will wonder if they will have enough room for their stuff.
Clean out ALL the closets in your house. Yes buyers will open every closet to see how big it is and how much storage room there is. Anything that you can do to make the closets appear larger is good. Again, consider a storage unit or take some stuff over to store in Mom's basement.
Clean out your kitchen cupboards. Take everything out, give them a wipe and throw out any old food. Donate unused dishes or put seldom used things in storage. Again, create the illusion of having lots of storage space. You will need to clean out all of these cupboards before you move so you might as well do it now.
If you have a lot of furniture consider removing some of it so that people can see the size of the rooms.
If you have a collection of any kind box it up and put it away, this includes knick knacks of all kinds. People will be distracted by your nice things and will not be concentrating on the nice features of your home.
Consider hiring a professional crew for a one day deep clean. It is fairly inexpensive and it will save you a lot of time. Remember the baseboards, windows, window trim. Take down any curtains and launder them. Dust and clean blinds.
Scrub the bathroom well and remember to always keep the toilet seat down for all showings.
Don't forget to walk around to look at any chipped paint, loose handles, burnt out light bulbs. Repair or replace anything that is not working properly.
More and more people are allergic to strong smells. If you use an air freshener remember to make it a light scent. If it is too strong it will make people think that you are covering something up. Open your windows as much as possible to keep things fresh.
No smoking! An increasing number of buyers will not even consider a home if someone has been smoking in it. They consider the cost of removing carpets and painting the entire home to remove the smell.
Make sure that your sales representative uses a professional photographer. We know that 80-90% of people are looking at houses online long before they ever call an agent to book a showing. They start looking before they are fully committed to buying. Good quality professional photos are very important for this reason.
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