Colorful flowers are always a welcoming sight for homes hoping to attract a new owner, whether they are seasonal flowers of spring and summer, or Poinsettias during the holidays. Colorful wreathes on the door also work well.
Visit your local nurseryman and obtain advice for adding color to the landscape. Seasonal annuals are generally inexpensive, but provide a great deal of bang for the buck.
The most eye-catching colors are red and yellow. For those planning on marketing a home right after the beginning of the new year, Bulbs can be planted intermittently so new flowers are continually blooming throughout spring and summer. Tulips, Narcissus, and Daffodils work well.
Rake away leaves or snow, which may have accumulated on walkways.
One suggestion I often make to sellers is to use light bulbs with slightly more watts. If you are currently using 60-watt bulbs in lamps and lights, consider exchanging them with 75 watts or even 100. Be certain your lamps, etc., can handle the increased capacity however.
Living and Family Rooms -
Make them look inviting. Take away extra chairs or furniture that makes rooms appear crowded. Also pack away extra figurines and bric-a-brac. You want homebuyers to be able to visualize their own furnishings and belongings in the home.
In some instances with smaller bedrooms, it may be beneficial to change out that California King bed for a standard double bed. Or remove that extra large armoire in the corner. Not long ago, I was in a home with a 12' x 14' bedroom, which was furnished with a King sized bed, two nightstands, a large dresser and a chest of drawers. They had also managed to put a small computer table in there. This left only a tiny path to get around the bed and to the door. It made the room seem especially small.
Kitchens and Bathrooms -
The most important rooms in a home are the kitchen and bathrooms. Make certain these are clean and neat. Counters should be cleared of clutter and gadgets, which are unnecessarily using space. Take away all those eye-catching refrigerator magnets, pictures, grocery lists, which have found their home on refrigerator doors and sides.
In the bathrooms, decorate with color-coordinated towels, rugs, soaps and flower arrangements. Again, make certain this room is really clean.
Decks and Patios -
In recent years, many homeowners have created a backyard oasis in their yards, and on patios and decks. It is a mistake to pack away or stack patio furniture in winter months if you are marketing a home. If the deck or patio is uncovered, and weather is damaging to cushions, etc., perhaps you can add them at the last minute before showing, if the weather allows.
Last but not Least -
Make certain the home is fresh smelling. Consider opening windows for a few minutes, to allow air to circulate. Light a candle or two. If you are leaving the home, and it is a safety issue to use lit candles, then consider using an air-freshener or some other method of providing scent.