Once you have decided to put your home up for sale you may begin to look at it differently. At least, you should. The best way is to look at it through the eyes of a prospective buyer.
I have invested in and offer a special video that not only helps you visualize your home and prepare it successfully for showings. The video, "Dress Your Home For Success" is available free of charge (on loan from me to prospective sellers.)
There are six key steps to giving your home a winning look! 1.) KEEP IT UNCLUTTERED: It will look neater and larger. You want to convey a more spacious feeling. 2.) KEEP IT CLEAN: This creates an impression that you have given your home loving care. Fresh Paint and a good clean scrubbing give surfaces a good fresh look. 3.) KEEP IT REPAIRED: Fix it BEFORE a buyer inquires about it. The need for repairs could break a sale. 4.) KEEP IT NEUTRAL: Get rid of distracting colors and personal accessories. Neutral colors and simple decor help buyers to visualize themselves and their own belongings in the home. 5.) KEEP IT DYNAMIC: Make your home memorable! From Fresh flowers to fresh clean smells, your home should be inviting. 6.) SHOWTIME: Make a final check of every room. Put away and toys, clothes, food, or other left out items.
THE SMALL DETAILS: With the key steps in mind, take an inventory of your home beginning with teh outside. Trim, Weed and neaten up the garden. Clean up pet areas. Resod or reseed. Repair screens, windows and doors. Add fresh bark under shrubs. Add potted or hanging flowers to decks and porches.
IN THE KITCHEN: Clear away extra small appliances, Remove stains from sinks, Straighten memo areas and papers. Clean and deodorize vent or exhaust hood.
IN THE BATHROOM: Clean counters of extra toiletries. Store them out of sight. Remove stains or mold from tub, sink and shower. Patch, caulk and grout as needed. Put out attractive "For show only" towels.
IN THE LIVING AND FAMILY ROOMS: Rearrange furniture for openness. Remove any extra pieces and store. Spot clean carpets or rugs. Have neutral paint or wall paper. Use flowers or potpourri. Open the shades to let in light.
IN THE BEDROOMS: Straighten up closets, box and store extras clothing and or shoes. Arrange toys to look appealing. Add curtains or valances to rooms without them. Remove attention getting posters.
IN THE BASEMENT OR GARAGE: Thoroughly clean and deodorize areas where pets sleep or spend time. Straighten tools, shop and laundry. Sweep floors and clean up grease spots.