Having your home in show-ready condition benefits you as the Seller by making it attractive to as many Buyers as possible, thus increasing showings, competition, and potentially the number of offers and selling price. Preparing your home well also makes the photos more attractive, bringing the attention of more Buyers, who often begin their home searches online.
Maximizing Interior Appeal
You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as
possible. Also the home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal
and sentimental objects - so buyers can begin to imagine living there.
Here are some tips to enhance your home’s interior appeal to
every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This
alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners
with crowded rooms actually rent storage garages and move half their
furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
- Remove all personal and family photos. Replace with artwork as needed.
a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the
the less frequently used, and even daily-used items from kitchen counters,
closets, basement and attic to make these areas more inviting.
sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter.
special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as
modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean
and odor free.
dripping faucets and showerheads.
showy new towels for the bathroom, and put them out only for showings.
up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by installing new curtains
and cabinet knobs, or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.
necessary, repaint dingy, soiled or strongly-colored walls with a neutral
shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same neutral scheme can be
applied to carpets and linoleum.
for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, and fix
any problem areas.
basement walls if there are any signs of dampness or leakage.
cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.
broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork.
and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling, and alarm systems.
Maximizing Curb Appeal
You only have one chance to make a first impression, so make it the best you can! Increasing curb appeal, which is the way your home looks from the street, will increase Buyer interest in your home. This benefits you as the Seller.
your lawn cut and watered.
trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.
sure your front door area has a "Welcome" feeling.
the front door.
spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front
snowy areas, keep walks and driveway neatly cleared of snow and ice.
foundation, steps, walkways, walls, and patios for cracks and
deterioration, and fix any problem areas.
and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.
and align gutters.
and clean the chimney.
and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
and repaint loose siding and caulking.
the garage door closed.
RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
Preparing for Showings
Keeping your home ready to show on short notice maximizes the number of potential Buyers coming through your home, and thus will increase competition and potentially the selling price. Be sure to complete the following prior to every showing.
any burned out light bulbs and turn on all lights.
- Open blinds and curtains to allow natural light into your home.
and put away any dirty dishes.
the dining room or kitchen table if you have particularly nice linen or
on soft music.
- Clean the fireplace.
fresh towels in the bathroom and close the toilets.
any laundry out of the washer and dryer.
the house so the REALTOR® is free to deal with prospective
buyers in a professional manner.
pets in cages or take them to a neighbor.