When you put your home on the market, the ideal scenario is one in which it sells quickly and without hassle. While much of this can boil down to luck and being in the right listings at the right time, there are things that you can do to get your house market-ready. You want to attract buyers to your home, inspiring them to offer the highest bid, sometimes even against one another, driving your price higher than you would otherwise get. Some of this is in knowing how to stage your house properly to turn a profit.
Dress It Up Anonymously
If you’ve lived in a home for any length of time, this is a hard thing to do. You identify your home as being your own; the personal touches are what make it special to you. What you want to do when you’re staging a home is to remove the personalized pieces so that any potential buyer who walks through the door can picture themselves and their own family living there. Think more hotel, less bed and breakfast.
Get Rid Of Stuff
Tchotchkes and trinkets need not make an appearance at any home showings. Pack these types of things away first and foremost. Home showings should be done with a minimalist in mind; clutter turns off potential buyers by making a home feel small and cramped.
Forget About Privacy
During a home showing you’re basically giving up your right to privacy. Expect total strangers to open your closets and peak at your cupboards. Empty them, or at the very least take the time to ensure that these normally hidden spaces are organized and tidy.
Clean, Clean, Clean
When showing your house it’s important to ensure that the entire thing sparkles from top to bottom. Leave nothing untidy or dirty in any way. Consider hiring a cleaning service to give your house a once-over before opening your doors. Sometimes the new set of eyes can catch things that you won’t necessarily see.
When you live in a home for any length of time, you get used to certain things. If there’s a crack in the plaster or a hole in the wall, fix them before you show. If you’ve got a squeaky door, oil it. It’s even a good idea to tidy gardens and pressure wash the outside, including sidewalks and stucco.