Buyers appreciate a clean look in the homes they view. You can increase the value of your home and decrease the time it takes to sell by making a few simple improvements.
Make the Most of that First Impression:
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted - or at least freshly scrubbed - front door. If it's fall, rake the leaves. If it's winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends:
Here's your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Buyers would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look, "with a little work."
Check Faucets and Bulbs:
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave buyers in the dark. Don't let little problems detract from what's right with your home.
Make Room for Space:
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They're looking for storage space, too. Make sure your closets, attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items. A better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now's the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity. Pack up those family photos! Buyer’s have trouble looking past those personal artifacts and get distracted with photos. They end up trying to figure out who you are, rather than imagining themselves living in the home.
Make Your Bathrooms Sparkle:
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats and shower curtains.
Create Dream Bedrooms:
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh window treatments are a must.
Open up in the Daytime:
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
Lighten up at Night:
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
Keep a Low Profile:
Buyers want to see themselves in your home. The best way to accomplish this is to allow them to view your home accompanied by their licensed real estate professional. When a buyer doesn't feel rushed and they can chat openly about your home, the longer they stay and are more likely to make an offer.
Help Your Agent:
Your Agent will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through his or her office. Offer to keep an eye on the brochure box attached to your sign and make sure it is always filled with flyers. Try to accommodate prospective buyers when they want to see your home. You'll appreciate the results!