When the housing market is tough for sellers, it is important that a potential buyer’s first impression of your home is a good one. In fact, many potential homeowners make some sort of decision about your home as soon as they pull up outside. Thankfully, there are some quick things that you can do to draw buyers in and make your home stand out, in a good way, from others that are on the market. Let the ideas below get you started.
Staging the outside of your home is just as important as staging the inside. Make sure that the grass is cut, weeds are pulled and the bushes and shrubs are trimmed neatly. Take the time to clean your front door and make the entryway look open and airy. There should be an instant feeling of welcome when buyers pull up to your home. Remove all traces of your collection of lawn ornaments, and instead, put out planters with colorful, seasonally appropriate live flowers. They will make your home feel more alive.
THE FIRST ROOM
The first room that the buyers enter should be uncluttered, brightly lit with natural lighting and cheerful. Again, all traces of your collections and family photos should be put away. You want them to imagine their family living in the home, not reminding them that your family currently lives there. The colors should be warm and neutral, so that the buyers can picture their furniture and belongings easily fitting into the space. If the walls are bright red and they have blue furniture, they will know that they immediately have to do some work. While you may love the colors in your home, when you want a quick sale, it is best to paint them neutral shades with the buyers in mind.
GET RID OF CLUTTER
If there is one secret to staging a home, it is that the clutter is non-existent. This can be a problem for a family with small children or large collections, who will not be moving into their new home until the old one is sold. Start by packing up all of the unnecessary items, everything that has not been used in the last month, and storing them in a garage, shed, or even renting a storage unit. By getting the clutter out of the house, you create a more open environment which will make your home appear larger. You definitely do not want potential homebuyers to have to squeeze around furniture that is too big or step over toys in the playroom.
Staging your home for a quick sale comes down to making the space warm, welcoming and clutter-free. Your goal is not only to make the potential buyers feel comfortable in the house, but also to make it a home that they will fall in love with. Let fresh air in, light a candle, or bake cookies just before they arrive. The scents of home and comfort can help draw them into your home and make them excited about the potential of buying it.