With the busy home-selling season just around the corner, many homeowners are getting their houses ready to hit the real estate listings. In a competitive market, it is more important than ever to present your home in the best light. Here are three tips to help you stage your home to sell quickly.
Although it sounds cliché, one of the first things that a potential buyer notices about a house is the scent. Popping a batch of cookies into the oven before a showing will send feel-good aromas wafting through the house. It is a good idea to have pre-made cookie dough on hand so that you can easily put a batch in the oven right before surprise showings. Potential buyers will feel like they’re being welcomed into a cozy home the minute they step through the door. Some argue that cookies have become a bit too common, so try to find a pleasant aroma that you think is inviting without being too strong!
Remove the Clutter
Nothing kills the potential selling power of a house more than clutter. A good rule of thumb is that if an item has a home somewhere else, it’s clutter. Piles of paper, boxes of miscellaneous items, clothing, old computers and unused appliances are all examples of clutter. Before you even think about staging your home, you need to toss all it all. Even if you don’t want to get rid of everything completely, it needs to find a place out of sight. Clutter can convey a sense of dirtiness, and that is the last thing that you want to communicate to buyers as they enter your home.
Pay Attention to Curb Appeal
Because so many real estate shoppers are intrigued the minute they set eyes on a home, it is important to pay great attention to the curb appeal of your house. The obvious place to start is the lawn. Make sure that your grass is always neatly manicured and that shrubs and bushes are trimmed. Adding some flowering plants can make a house pop with color and brightness. Be sure to power wash the driveway and walkways so that they look fresh and inviting. All front windows also need to be cleaned. Lastly, a new welcome mat at the front door will make guests feel at home.
The most important thing that you can do when staging your house is to make it feel like a home that people can envision as their own. By paying attention to a few small details, you can sell your house quickly and at top dollar.