Imagine that you’ve just gotten home from a long day of work, and the phone rings letting you know that a potential buyer wants to view your house. While this is great news, it could cause a sense of panic as you go through a mental list of the things that need to be done before showing your house. You can prevent those feelings of panic by keeping your house staged and ready to show during its time on the market. You won’t break a sweat when you get these calls with the right amount of planning and cooperation from those in your household.
Give Them Curb Appeal
There is much truth to the old saying, you only get one chance to make a first impression. By making sure the outside of your house is not neglected, you will be showing that the inside is not neglected either. Houses that look neglected from the outside have the potential to make home buyers drive past your house and move on to another house in your neighborhood.
- Repair, clean, and paint shutters and gutters.
- Clean your windows to a shine and power wash your siding.
- Keep the lawn free of debris and well-manicured.
- Refresh flower beds with colorful flowers and new mulch.
- Make a conversational outdoor seating area.
- Make sure skateboards, bicycles, and other toys out of sight.
- Remove any hazards such as bee hives, wasp nests, and rodent holes
Cook Up a Tantalizing Kitchen
If you’re like most people, the first room you inspected when you were looking to buy a house was the kitchen. People spend a vast amount of time in the kitchen. They want to imagine themselves enjoying the kitchen to prepare meals while entertaining family and friends.
- Impress them by organizing cabinets and pantries by use and color.
- It’s wise to use a more neutral look in the kitchen, and remove any themes.
- Clean under and above cabinets, under the sink, and the areas where appliances sit.
- Keep your refrigerator clean and well organized.
- Don’t prepare foods that may leave a strong odor behind.
- Put cleaning products away, and keep the sink area free of sponges.
- Remove decorations such as magnets and photos from your refrigerator.
- Clean any light fixtures, and replace missing lightbulbs.
Accentuate the Beauty of a Bathroom
When people are touring your house, they will take a special interest in the bathroom. Instead of going through the trouble of renovating, here are some helpful ideas you can use to utilize the space you already have and maximize its usage. Look to your real estate agent for helpful advice on the upgrades you do need to make.
- Replace your old shower curtain with something in a neutral color.
- Place new, neutral hand towels on the rack, and ask household members to avoid using them.
- Make sure that your sink is free from any clutter.
- Keep a new bottle of hand soap on the sink.
- A large trash can or hamper can make a room seem smaller and cause unpleasant smells. Make sure those are removed.
- Clean underneath the sink, the tiles, and shower tracks.
- Organize the medicine cabinet and linen closet, if applicable.
Show Them a Bedroom Sanctuary
You will find that one of the things of utmost importance when staging your bedroom is that the furniture fits the room properly. If a large piece makes the room feel smaller, remove it. Make it so that potential buyers see themselves entering a sanctuary in which they can rest and relax properly.
· Use pops of color for accents, but keep the overall feel of the room neutral by painting over any brightly colored walls.
- Get in the habit of making the bed each morning.
- Remove any clutter found on the top of dressers and night stands.
- Clear any items out of the room that may cause you or someone else awkwardness.
- Place any weapons and expensive items in a secure location.
- Get fresh flowers to place on a night stand or dresser.
- Organize closets by color and use of items.
- Clear all items from the closet floor, including shoes.
- Get matching hangers for clothing.
- Pack away personal collections and photos of family and friends.
By using these tips your home will be ready at a moment’s notice when you get the call for a viewing.
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