You want to sell and well, you weren't going to move but for whatever reason you find yourself needing to sell your home. There are so many things left undone, so where do you start? Do you get to the windows that needed replacing, the new furnace, roof? Or just declutter, stage and take care of the pretty aspect.
I took buyers out viewing again after having viewed many houses, so they are quite used to a certain standard within their price range. We went into a home with all the practical things updated, such as, windows, doors, roof, downspouts (no kidding), bathrooms and even the kitchen. Awesome right?
Well, this is where my years of repeating myself is proven right. This house we viewed in all practical purposes ticked all their boxes, but it just didn't feel right. Furnishings are not going with the house no, but it adds to the ambiance and feel of a space and makes a person feel welcome or uneasy. If the house was staged beautifully with care to detail, the fact that the floors & some trim work needed replacing, would have been overlooked. If they were made to feel welcome, I truly think there would have been a completely different outcome rather than walking away to view another home. A home that needs windows, a wall taken down to accomdate them and various others projects waiting in the wings but it was staged beautifully and was very welcoming. They are considering an offer.
When deciding where to invest your time and money to prepare your house for the market, please, please don't underestimate the power of the pretty. Take care of the details and stage your home like a showroom. It may be difficult to maintain in the long term but if you do it before you list, you shouldn't have to maintain the look for too long.