“Boost Curb Appeal”
As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression! When selling your home Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery; keep lawns mowed & landscape trimmed. Wash windows, power clean the driveway and walkway, and repaint, if needed. When ether you have a large porch or just a stoop, you can still create an inviting entrance way that says “Welcome!” Potted plants, decorative statues, a fresh new welcome mat and some outdoor furniture can help do the trick.
Get Your House Sparkling Clean
From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle! This is the easiest & cheapest way to put your home’s best foot forward when selling. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Look at every detail with a visitor’s eye – sinks should be clean, counters & vanities clear, appliances sparkling, towels spotless, bars of soap fresh and clean, garbage’s emptied (you get the idea). It is important that anything left out for visitors to see is pristine.
Get Rid Of The Clutter
It’s not always easy, and it may even require utilizing offsite storage temporarily, but it is well worth the trouble. The idea is to create a sense of more space. If the home looks like it doesn’t have enough space for you, a potential buyer may think it does not have enough space for them. So get rid of anything unnecessary or unsightly. Clean and clear all surfaces, especially kitchen counter tops, bathroom vanities, cupboards, pantries, closets and garages.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Each room should have a clearly defined purpose and clear flow. Remove any excess furniture that causes any room to look cluttered or small. You should not have to walk around things to get through. Additionally, if you have been using a spare bedroom as a dumping ground for odd pieces of furniture and boxes of junk, it’s time to clean it up. Making a “real” room out of a junk room will have a big payoff when selling you home.
Choose Sophisticated Neutral Colors
When Selling your home, now is not the time to experiment with that “fun”-looking lime green. But that doesn’t mean you need to go all white, either. Earth tones are always a safe and will appeal to the majority. Rich mid-tone colors like mocha and beige can create a sophisticated, warm look. Remember, “neutral” does not have to be boring. You can liven up a neutral color scheme with colorful accent items, such as decorative artwork, a vase of flowers, pillows and rugs. Color-coordinating these items will create a professional and “put together” appearance.
“De-Personalize” Your Home
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers tend to get distracted by personal artifacts. Replace them with neutral artwork or other decorative pieces. You want to encourage buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, a place where THEY can call home.
Let The Sun Shine In
Allow natural light to brighten up your home. When selling you home, get those windows sparkling clean & open up those curtains and blinds. If possible, you should also turn on lights in all rooms prior to showing. Light, bright & cheery is always a great selling point!
Be Aware Of Pets
We all know how lovable our 4-legged friends can be, but let’s face it, not everyone is a dog or cat lover. Buyers can be turned off by a bowl full of dog food, the smell of kitty litter or tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. If you are selling your home and have pets, steam clean carpets, upholstery, drapes, etc. Stay vigilant with vacuuming, dusting and cleaning the litter box or backyard. If possible, it is also a good idea to remove pets from the home during showings.
Spruce Up The Backyard
Backyards are a huge selling point in Arizona. People want to get out and enjoy our beautiful weather. Keep all landscape neat and trimmed. Be sure to clean the patio, patio doors, furniture, light fixtures, fans, etc. Try to create a relaxing, inviting atmosphere with properly placed patio furniture, some bright flowering plants and shrubs and decorative garden pieces. Get rid of any unsightly items.
Staging Your Home
It’s time to take a serious look at your furnishings. If certain pieces seem out of place, in the way, or simply worn out, remove them. Create eye-appealing focal points: maybe a bowl of colorful fresh fruit in the kitchen or a vase of fresh cut flowers in the living room. When selling your home, if you have a fireplace, make it the focal point of the room by creating a “conversation” area around it. A few carefully placed items is all you need. Playing some soft background music can also go a long way in creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Fade Into The Background
During home showings you should be as unobtrusive as possible. Prospective buyers are usually not comfortable opening doors and cabinets when the homeowner is present. They also tend to walk through the home very quickly because they feel they are being intrusive. The best thing to do is leave while the real estate agent is showing your home. If that is not possible, you should retreat to the yard or other area to allow the prospective buyers plenty of “alone time” to explore the home, “that your selling”, on their own. Remember, you want them to feel at home.