Tips for Prepping Your House to Sell

Help Potential Buyers Visualize Themselves in Your House

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Staging your home could make a huge difference in selling it.

You want to sell your home quickly and for its full value, so you think it’s worth it to stage it well for potential buyers. Here are a handful of quick tips to get you started as you prepare your home for market. Be sure to contact an agent today to help walk you through our tips and suggestions to get the best offer quickly for your beloved home. In everything, think simple, classic, subtle, and neutral. You want your house to make anyone feel at home!

  1. Address the curb appeal – Since buyers will see the outside of your house first, it’s a great idea to clean up the landscaping and create an inviting first impression.
  2. Clean! – Every surface in your home should sparkle. Roll up your sleeves and get scrubbing, or hire the professionals to do the dirty work. Either way, a clean house is a major boost.
  3. Declutter Everything – It might be painful, but if you really want the house to look inviting, purge all the clutter and leave clean, simple spaces.
  4. Add some style to your dining room – Don’t leave a naked table. Leave just enough decoration to help the buyer visualize their own dinner parties in your space.
  5. Choose neutral colors – Walls and decorations should blend naturally and make the room seem put together sophistically.
  6. Clean out the closets – Closets are a major selling point, so buyers need to look in your closets and know there’s plenty of room there. Clean them out and leave a good 30% of subtle open space.
  7. Use space wisely – If your spare bedroom is currently a catch-all space, find a way to stage it as a more useful space, like an office or guest bedroom. If you have awkward nooks or areas, use plants, shelves, or other natural looking options to fill that space in creative, yet classic ways.
  8. Create outdoor environments – Think about what buyers might want to see in the outside spaces, too. Use tables, hammocks, plants, or other simple outside props to help set the stage for what life could be like for that potential buyer.

[Source: Houzz]

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