Help! You’ve just decided to list your home for sale and you aren’t sure how to give it that WOW appearance. A person’s decision to buy is almost always based on emotions rather than logic. So how do you get the “Yes, I want to buy this home” answer? Because first impression is so important, Staging homes before showing them can make or break a deal. Following these simple tips will ensure a successful home showing.
Staging Homes for a Successful Showing
- Remove clutter and clear off counter. Clear off counters and pack unnecessary decorative items. Put extra furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season items. Don’t forget to clean out the garage!
- Wash your windows and screens. This will help get more light into the interior of the home.
- Keep everything extra clean. First impressions are everything! make a strong one by assuring the buyer that the home has been well-cared for. Mopping, waxing floors, and cleaning the stove and refrigerator help! Polish doorknobs and address numbers. Hiring a cleaning service could make this easier.
- Get rid of smells. Perform a “sniff test.” Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Potpourri, scent plugs, or scented candles will help.
- Brighten your rooms. Put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to brighten every room. Replace all burned-out bulbs and clean the walls. A fresh coat of neutral paint is a great idea.
- Don’t disregard minor repairs. Sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or dripping faucet may seem minute, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained.
- Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, add new mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways, and clean the gutters. For added curb appeal, a pot of bright flowers near the entryway helps.
- Patch holes. Repair any holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.
- Add a touch of color in the living room. A colored afghan or throw on the couch will spice up a dull room. Also, add accent pillows for the sofa.
- Buy a flowering plant. Put it near a window you pass by frequently.
- Make centerpieces for your tables. Use brightly colored fruit or flowers.
- Set the scene. Set the table with fancy dishes and candles, and create other vignettes throughout the home to help buyers picture living there. For example, in a game room you might display a chess game in progress.
- Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light. If you have a view, show it off!
- Accentuate the fireplace. Lay fresh logs in the fireplace or put a basket of flowers there if it’s not in use.
- Make the bathrooms feel luxurious. Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight, along with old towels and toothbrushes. Add a new shower curtain and fancy guest soaps.
- Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that’s not possible, crate or confine them to one room, and let the real estate agent know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises.
- Lock up valuables, jewelry, and money. Agents can’t watch everyone all the time.
- Leave the home. It’s usually best if the sellers are not at home. It’s awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home with you there.
By staging homes, accentuating your home’s positive attributes and eliminating attention to negative aspects you will have a better home showing! Staging homes gives buyers a vision of what the home would feel like if they were in it. See http://homebuying.about.com/od/sellingahouse/qt/ShowingHome.htm for more tips and info on better home showings.