When you have made the decision to sell your house, no doubt you want to get top dollar for it. There is an average sales price for houses in your neighborhood that are similar in size. To get an offer at the upper end of that range, you need to stage your house properly to attract a buyer’s interest. The following tips will give you some ideas on how you can stage your house effectively.
Curb appeal of your house is the the first thing that you should think about. When an agent drives up to your house with a potential buyer, your house and its surrounding landscaping make an immediate impression upon them. You want this first impression to be a very positive one.
Look at your landscaping. Your lawn should be manicured with no brown patches. Trim back trees and shrubs that have overgrown. If you feel like your front yard lacks color, you can get various small flowering plants that you can plant in empty spots. Keep the path to your front door clear of yard debris.
As for your front door area, give it a good sweep. Brush away any spider webs around the windows and door way. Wipe down your front door. If it is made from natural wood, you should clean it with a wood polish. Your door fixtures should not be tarnished. Shine those up if possible. If the fixtures are badly rusted, you may want to replace them. Make your front entrance as inviting as possible. If there is room on the porch, add in a large potted plan or an attractive bench for sitting.
You should remove all clutter from the interior of your house. Each room should only have your basic pieces of furniture, accessories and some wall art. You should not have any personal items strewn about in the living room. Open up all the shades to let in as much natural light as possible.
Buyers are attracted to simplicity because they want to be able to envision their own decor in the space. If you have a lot of person items that you don’t use too often, this is the time to pack them away.
The two most important areas that should be spotless are your kitchen and your bathrooms. These rooms are the most heavily used. If your kitchen or bathrooms are less than clean, that will make a bad, lasting impression on the buyer and can erase any positive feeling he may have had about the house.
Fix anything that is broken if you do not have to invest a lot of money into the fix. A broken light fixture, torn curtains, nail holes on the walls, etc. are little things that can discourage a potential buyer.
Keep your home smelling fresh by using home fragrances judiciously and sparingly. Do not over use them because a lot of people do not like heavy scents.
There are other tricks in staging a house for sale that can maximize your profits. Start with these simple ideas, and you will see the difference.