Start with the outside of your home, also called your curb appeal. Inspect the outside of your house from a street perspective. What jumps out at you? What great characteristics seem hidden?
Acknowledging this helps us to choose what plan of action we can use to invite buyers from the street and into your house. If your house isn't pretty on the outside with touched up paint and bright greenery it's time to get those things done. Refer to the Curb Appeal Checklist and increase your home's final selling price.
Curb Appeal Checklist >
"Welcome to your new home!"
Does your home seem to say, "Hello From Your New Welcome Home" to a buyer? Looking through your property with a buyer's eye, I'll recommend fixes that build up market appeal.
I'll tell you eliminate items that give the impression of clutter. Table and counter tops should be neatly arranged. Knickknacks, sentimental items, family photos, and refrigerator artwork should get moved out of sight. You need to give mass appeal to the home so buyers can imagine it as their new house.
Every area gets a once-over. I'll note the pieces of furniture that should be put in storage, rooms that need new paint, rugs needing to be changed, fixtures that need brightening, and any other improvement that can easily be made to positively impact the sale.
I'll make sure that your home is appealing and that it's welcoming, steering clear of "loud" or "can't-work-with" hues on the walls and furniture. And if you've already moved out, you can consider renting furnishings. The goal is for your house to look inviting as opposed to cold and empty.
Welcome Home Checklist >
Setting the Stage
I'll tell you when for the Open House, because all of the changes come together to create a picture of what buyers can expect when they consider buying your house.
Dark living areas can really dampen a buyer's spirits, so we'll do things like part the curtains and reduce shadows where needed to invite the buyer inside. Together we'll enhance the mood of the house with enjoyable music playing softly and make sure a pleasing fragrance flows from every room. We'll incorporate cozy-looking throws, and pillows on your sofa and bed. We want buyers to feel like your current house is their future home.