When you’re getting ready to sell your home, one of the most important things you need to do is stage it. No matter how much you love your decor and personal effects in your house, you need to make sure your house’s appearance draws in a buyer and makes it feel possible for them to envision themselves living there. If you’re wondering how to maximize your home’s value by getting your home ready to show before you sell, here is a helpful guide.
First impressions matter: Start with the Curb
When people arrive at your home for the first time, you want them to immediately see potential — not all the work they need to put in to make it feel like their home. The good news is that you don’t have to completely change the look of your home to make this happen — just a little maintenance work.
|First, make sure that flower beds are weed free, edged, tidy and freshly mulched. Fix any places outside that need new paint — like siding or shutters. Finally, accessorize your entrance to make it feel more like a home. You might want to consider putting flower pots with flowers or a bench. Anything that warms up the outdoor space.
Inside: Seeing Through the Clutter
One of the most important things for a seller to do when they’re prepping the home for showings is de-clutter. Buyers want to be able to see themselves in your home, not get stuck envisioning themselves living within the piles of your stuff. Do your best to help them see past it by clearing off counters, picking up piles of clothes on the floor, putting away shoes by the door, closing laundry hampers, etc. You might even consider organizing pantries and closets to remove clutter, as well.