Your house for sale is not about you; it’s about your buyer. A lot of people, for some reason, are unwilling to detach themselves from their home.
A potential buyer doesn’t want to see pictures of you and your family on the walls. Even though you love them and think that they’re great (Which I’m sure they are), your buyer doesn’t care. That will also be a huge turn off for every potential buyer.
The goal here is to provide as much of a neutral atmosphere as possible. This doesn’t mean that you have to paint every wall white but, you just never want to hear the words “That’s…. interesting” when showing a home.
Just as there are things that buyers don’t want to see; there are also the things that buyers do want to see. If your house is properly staged for showing, your chances of selling are much higher. And I want to also state the obvious here. It’s ok to present yourself in the best possible way in order to make a good impression. Your goal here is to grab the buyers’ attention.
Every problem that a potential buyer sees, you can be certain that they will deduct its cost from their price offer.If they see too many problems, they will just pass on your home altogether. This is another reason why it’s vital to properly stage your home.
Make it clean; especially in the kitchen! Potential buyers would love to see clean appliances in the kitchen. If you don’t have new appliances, make the one’s that you have spotless. Make sure that aren’t any splattered spaghetti sauce, crumbs, or films of grease in their potential new home.
Put away knickknacks and anything else that causes your house to be cluttered (untidily crowded). Untidiness will really distract your buyer from the nice features of your house. It also makes it seem as if the house doesn’t have enough storage space.
Keep in mind that most buyers will be interested in closet space. It is advisable not to throw your stuff into the closet. Find a place to store them that will not affect the appearance of your home.
Get rid of the wallpapers. Yep, people stopped using wallpapers a long time ago, and it hasn’t come back. If you have wallpapers in your home, your best bet is to have them removed and paint the wall a neutral color.
Speaking of neutral colors; do you have a room in your house painted in hot pink? If yes, then you should seriously consider painting over this with a neutral color.
Take advantage of the natural light. Open all of the curtains and blinds and light it up as bright as possible. There’s no such thing as a home that’s “too bright”. Good lighting will improve the way everything looks and natural light makes it look even better.
Even if it’s a cloudy day, do what you can to get your house lightened up. Turn on all the lights to make your house look brighter. If your fixtures are very old, you may want to consider replacing them. And definitely clean out any dead bugs that may still be inside your light fixtures.
I would love to help you stage your home. If you would like me to stop by, I can help you stage it and show you some examples of what looks the absolute best. Let’s get together sometime to discuss some options for your home to get it sold as fast as possible.