Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

curb appeal

Moving into a new home and need to sell your current home? How can you make your home inviting and appealing to potential buyers? We’ve gathered a few tips and resources to help you prepare your house to go on the market.

First Impression
The exterior of the home is the first thing buyers see. Make a good first impression by mowing the lawn, pulling weeds and trimming bushes. If necessary, repair cracks in walkways and add plants or flowers near the entrance.

Neutral Colors
As stated in a bobvila.com article, the colors in the exterior or interior of your home can make or break people’s perception. Colors like off-white, gray, taupe and other neutrals create an inviting atmosphere and allow the potential buyer to envision themselves in the space.

Clutter-Free
Ridding your home of clutter will allow shoppers to see a room for what it can be and not what it is currently filled with. Take a minimalistic approach with furniture and decorations when preparing your home to go on the market. Take down family photos and distracting decorations. According to the MoneyTalks News article, “12 Ways to Botch Your Home Sale,” a $403 investment in organizing materials returns a $2,024 price boost!

Inviting Scents
Again, avoid anything that could turn buyers off, such as overwhelming scents. Thoroughly clean your home, including getting carpets cleaned and cleaning out your refrigerator and any pet areas. Fill your home with light fragrances with sachets tucked away in a few areas or by displaying fresh flowers.

Simple Repairs
Fix leaky faucets, windows that get stuck and other minor issues that may make a buyer feel your home is not a good investment for them.

Lighting
Open curtains and add lighting where needed. Lighting can help create a warm and inviting atmosphere, as well as allow the potential buyer to better view the home.

Finally, small tricks like strategically grouping furniture or choosing the right accessories can also transform a room. The HGTV article, “15 Secrets of Home Staging,” explains that contrary to popular belief, a room looks larger if the furniture is not pushed up against the wall, but instead organized in conversational groups, away from the walls.

When it comes to decorating and accessorizing, grouping in odd numbers, such as three creates a more eye-pleasing display. Vary height and width and group accessories by unifying elements, such as color. Have you sold a home and have tips that worked for you? Share them in the comments below!

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