If you’re trying to sell, ask yourself what separates your home from others in the neighborhood that are comparable in size and price. Here are a few ideas to make your property stand out.
1. De-clutter ahead of showings
Cleaning ahead of showings means more than just basic housekeeping. It means clearing countertops, bookshelves, tabletops and floors of all but the most essential items. It may be worth your while to hold a garage sale ahead of listing the home, or consider renting a storage unit to temporarily remove toys, sports equipment and other clutter.
A home in disarray looks small and messy, which isn’t the image you want to convey to buyers. It also sends prospects the message that you aren’t a good caretaker and may have neglected important maintenance. Conversely, a home that is clean and sparse looks bigger, more inviting and well cared for.
2. Remove personalized items
Eliminate anything in your home that is too taste specific. Remember you are marketing to the masses, not only to those who share your aesthetic. Stick to neutral colors and decorating styles that aren’t extreme. Also, remove artwork, family photos and other accessories that are especially personal. Buyers will not be able to envision themselves in a home that seems to have your signature all over it.
3. Perform small upgrades
You don’t necessarily need a huge remodeling budget to breathe new life into an older home. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way and doesn’t cost a lot. Changing hardware on cabinets can make an old kitchen look more up to date. The same goes for doorknobs, or even the doors, themselves. Replacing light fixtures brightens a room and can make it appear newer. Faucets in kitchens and bathrooms give you a lot of bang for your buck, too.
4. Rearrange the furniture
If you can afford to stage a home, a professional designer can give you great suggestions on how to decorate in a way that will give your home that wow factor that every buyer is looking for. Smaller furniture in light colors makes a room look bigger, for instance.
If staging is not in your budget, rethink how furniture and accessories you already own are placed. Arrange furniture in ways that create conversation areas. If you have an appealing asset, such as a great view or a cool fireplace, turn furniture to face it so that it’s a focal point. And always keep obvious traffic areas clear so there’s room to walk through them.