Don’t feel like you have to do ALL of these tips– just use this list as inspiration to help you get your home ready to wow potential buyers!
1. Thoroughly clean your home and make sure it smells clean, too!
- If a property isn’t clean and smelling fresh it will be very uninviting to potential buyers.
- This is your #1 most important step – a clean home makes a good impression!
- Helpful hint: You can put a little bit of PineSol in water in the kitchen sink before each showing to give your home a fresh clean smell – Just make sure you drain the sink before the buyers arrive!
- Make sure all beds are made and bathrooms are spotless before each showing!
2. Remove clutter – No clutter on the floors, even the floors of the closets.
- Clutter will make a room appear to be smaller than it actually is and will make it extremely difficult for buyers to visualize your home’s full potential.
- Try to declutter closets as well – an over-stuffed closet gives buyers the impression that there isn’t enough storage.
- Helpful hint: Use plastic laundry hampers in each room. Anytime you leave for the day or are at home relaxing and you get a call to show your home, the items that are on the floor or left out can be quickly put into the hamper and then take the hampers in the car with you. Take the clutter with you and leave none of it behind!
3. Make sure you have a good choice of paint colors throughout your home.
- A blend of light neutral colors (ex: whites, tans, and greys) is what most buyers prefer and will make your home appear more spacious, bright and airy.
- Do not paint all your walls white – it may give your home an institutional look.
4. Remove excess furniture.
- Too many pieces of furniture in a room will make the room appear cramped – simplify to the most important main pieces. Extras like additional chairs, side tables, extra dressers and shelves can be removed to maximize space.
- Simplify – less is more!
5. Make sure every room has a purpose.
- It should be clear what the function of each room is – a dining room, a study, a bedroom, etc.
- Buyers shouldn’t have to imagine what a room is actually for.
6. Give a great first impression.
- Make the entrance of your home (both outside and inside) look warm and inviting.
- Update landscaping and add flowerpots with colorful flowers by front door, replace doormat and sweep front porch.
- Make sure lawn is maintained well, mowed, edged and weeded.
- Make the foyer of your home look neat, clean, warm and welcoming too.
7. Create an inviting outdoor entertaining area.
- Clean patio furniture, update pillows, freshly planted flowers in each pot.
- Make your back patio a place people would want to entertain!
- Don’t forget to clean and declutter the backyard too!
8. Update worn, dirty or outdated features.
- Steam clean or if possible replace worn/stained carpets and flooring.
- Remove or texture and paint over dated wallpaper.
- Update hardware to a modern finish.
- Investing in a few value-adding updates may really pay off when you sell your home!
9. Complete all repairs.
- Make sure everything in your home is working properly – if not, get it repaired.
- Unfinished repairs give the impression that your home is not cared for and that there may be hidden concerns.
- Make sure paint looks great – no chipping, dings or scrapes.
10. Color Coordinate.
- Light neutrals may be great for the walls but you need to inject a bit of warmth into your home, too.
- Choose a current color palette for your accent colors and accessories and use it throughout the house for a nicely coordinated feel. You can vary the tones and shades of your selected colors to give even more interest.