Serious buyers are hitting the market hard today and stimulating competition, but activity certainly varies by price range, condition of the home & curb appeal. Buyers definitely have higher expectations and require a greater level of value per list price given the volatile state of the economy. By following the pre-listing tips below, your home will drive a quick sale and avoid sitting idly while other listings are snatched up by hungry buyers!
Maximize Curb Appeal
Getting them through the front door starts at the curb. Manicure the lawn, trim the trees and shrubs. Pull weeds and plant some colorful flowers. Clear the walkways. Fix peeling paint and wind up that hose. Paint the address number on the curb.
Make Repairs to Visible Blemishes
Is there something that’s an eyesore, but an easy fix? If looking at it bothers you, it could bother a potential buyer and reduce the appeal of your home. Replace burnt out light bulbs, fix that loose door handle, make needed paint touch-ups.
Make a Buyer’s Entrance Inviting
Freshly paint the front door with a color that contrasts the house. Add a new welcome mat. Hang a fresh wreath on the door.
Let the Light Shine In
Removing heavy window coverings to let in the natural light we all crave. Add lamps to brighten up darker areas to add more cheer.
Remove the Clutter
This serves two purposes. First, you want your home to have an open and inviting appearance. Removing clutter will make rooms appear larger and more appealing. Second, it helps YOU prepare to move. Going through the clutter and getting rid of what you don’t need will make your move much easier.
Remove Personal Items
It will be much easier for a potential buyer to imagine your home as theirs when they can envision their own items in it.
Highlight Special Features
Use accents and color to draw eyes to special features that you want potential buyers to notice—throw pillows, plants or other eye-catching accessories.
Use mirrors to make rooms look larger and lighter. Position opposite windows for best effect.
Clean Out Cabinets and Closets
Buyers will asses your home’s value from head to toe and will want to view the inside of cabinets and closets. Make sure your contents are orderly and organized.
Sanitize your home with fresh scented cleaning agents prior to showings (and prior to open houses once life returns back to “normal!”). Avoid cooking any meals with heavy, lasting smells before a showing if possible.
You can easily add appeal by quartering an orange and adding it to a pot of water with a cinnamon stick. Simmer on low for an inviting aroma. Running an essential oil diffuser or Air Wick are great options for providing a mild & welcoming environment.
We would be more than happy to perform a free market analysis of your home and advise on any touch-ups that might sweeten your home’s appeal. If you are in need of a specialized contractor or cleaning service, we would love to share our list of trusted vendors with you!