Home Preparation/Staging Tips:
Remove clutter and clean up messes: It can be difficult for buyers to imagine themselves in your home if the space is cluttered or messy. Clean your home as much as you can before showings, and consider putting clutter into storage while you show your home.
Organize any remaining items: Any items that remain visible should be organized in a visually appealing manner.
Deep clean and deodorize: Be sure to thoroughly clean your home in areas that you usually wouldn’t worry about. Mop your floors, vacuum, and dust areas that haven’t been cleaned recently. Be wary of cooking anything with a strong smell, and avoid burning candles or using scents that could be distracting. By neutralizing the surroundings and the scent of the home, potential buyers will be much more comfortable as they walk through your home.
Refresh major paint defects: If time permits, take a look around your home and touch up any walls that are scuffed or marked. If you’ve removed pictures or paintings, it can help to go over the holes with paint that matches the surrounding area.
Stage outdoors: Preparing the outdoors is just as important as preparing the home itself. Create private living and sitting areas in the front and back. Please see the landscaping page for more details.
Create a good first impression: First impressions are everything. Buyers will have probably seen pictures of your property online, but in-person curb appeal is just as important. Plants and flower beds on the porch can make your home feel warm and inviting, and a freshly baked plate of cookies on the counter can go a long way toward making your guests feel comfortable and appreciated. Get in touch with us if you would like additional advice!
See the home from the eyes of a buyer: Try to picture your home through the eyes of someone who has never seen it before. Make sure that every room is show-ready, including storage spaces and spare rooms. Remember, you want buyers to picture themselves living in your home, so do your best to make your home neutral and open.
Please contact a member of our team if you would like more information about any of these steps!