Curb Appeal: First impressions matter. Make sure you have a lawn and walkway that invites people in. Not only does the buyer have to feel comfortable and excited to enter the home, but the buyer should feel proud when they show off their new home to their friends and family. So, mow the grass, trim the bushes and spruce up the entryway with a "Welcome Home" mat. You could even take the extra step of freshly painting your front door and putting a fresh coat of paint on the trim of the house.
Lighting: You want your house to bring the outside in. No one wants to sit in a house that feels like a dark cave, so make sure to take some simple steps to lighten up your home. Take down drapes, clean windows, change the lampshades(try light bulbs with a higher wattage for extra light).
Enhance the Storage: In bedrooms especially, you can make your closet look like it has more room by taking out the majority of your clothes from the closet and neatly organizing them. Same goes for the laundry room. Add storage and folding space to make your laundry room look organized and usable. Invest in your sale by going to organizational stores like The Container Store to make your home show better. When it's sold, you can take these things with you..that's a good investment!
Use Your Space: Make your home have as much living space as possible. And I don't mean just inside, but outside as well. Show off how much room your yard has by staging patio seating or an area for gardening. Make sure to clean up your garage to amplify the possibilities of parking multiple vehicles and even having a workbench or hangout area. On the inside, try adding mirrors to give the illusion of more room.
Neutralize your Home: Make sure to take the "U" out of "House." New buyers want to envision themselves in the home they are looking at. They want to envision how their own lives would look, so stage the house by removing excess furniture and clutter and take down photographs of you and your family.
No Pets Allowed: Not everyone loves pets and some people are even allergic, so make sure your house is dander-free, hair-free and as clean as can be. Make sure to vacuum the carpets and remove hair from furniture. Even take the extra step of hiding pet food bowls and pet housing units in storage. *Another good allergenic to keep in mind is smoke. If you are a smoker, have your carpets professionally cleaned and get air fresheners in the halls.
Keep Clean: In case of last minute showings, make sure your house is always clean. Clean bathrooms (make sure mirrors are clean and doorknobs polished), a clean kitchen sink and clutter-free rooms are a must. Even if people don't comment on how clean the house looks, they will certainly comment if it looks lived-in and dirty.
Embrace your Inner Handyman: Don't put too much money into a remodel, but do some small things to spiff up the house. Add a fresh coat of paint (especially a light, neutral color to help bring in light), make sure curtains and carpets are cleanand repair any damaged hardware on cabinets. It would also be a good idea to update sink faucets, repair the tracks on your closets, make sure the toilet doesn't run and replace outlet covers if they are outdated.
Update the Kitchen: The kitchen can date your house the fastest. So, invest! This is the one area where spending a little more will pay off in the long run. Paint, counter-tops and cabinet hardware are easy ways to update your kitchen. For an investment you can take with you, update the appliances to help bring a modern feel to your home.
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