First impressions are important.
Roll out the red carpet for
potential homebuyers by sprucing up your entryway,
especially one with a lockbox. Welcome mats,
planters filled with seasonal flowers, and clutter-free
foyers and hallways set the stage. A clean, polished front door also makes a good first impression.
Sell the space, not your belongings. Remember that the
goal of a successful showing is to make a prospect
feel at home - like it's theirs, not yours. Put away your
extensive personal collections. Less is more: open
up your space so prospects can actually see what
Paint and Thorough Cleaning. Fresh paint
and a thorough cleaning will give you the greatest
"bang for your buck." Remember that neutral walls
are your best bet when staging a home for sale. Consider a professional cleaning.
Arrange furniture for easy traffic flow.
Change your furniture arrangement for spaciousness.
Place a major piece of furniture at an
angle, such as a couch or desk. Angles add interest
and can create a more open feel.
See the light. Move lamps to dark corners and
arrange drapes, blinds and shades so that natural light
floods your rooms. Brighter is better, and your rooms
will look larger. Leave all lights on for showings.
Make the kitchen and bathrooms sparkle.
De-clutter the countertops by removing toasters, food processors and other
kitchen appliances. If you have a breakfast table or
counter, put out a couple of table settings complete
with place mats, napkins and dinnerware.
A centerpiece of fresh flowers also looks great.
All sinks and fixtures in the baths should be kept clean and sparkling.
Tip: To deoderize drains, pour some baking soda in the drain before
you retire for the evening, and the next morning your drains will smell fresh and clean.
Don't forget the out of doors.
Garages, carports, decks and patios need to be clean and neat. Rake leaves, mow and trim, and keep it looking
neat and clean.
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