First, look at the outside of your home, also called your curb appeal. Examine the exterior of your home from a quick glance from the street. What do you notice first? What great features seem waiting to be noticed?
Understanding this helps us to choose what measures we can take to draw buyers from the street and into your house. If your house isn't attractive on the outside with refreshed paint and bright garden plants we'll need to tackle those issues. Follow the Curb Appeal Checklist and add dollars to your house's final selling price.
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"Welcome to your new home!"
Can buyers envision themselves hanging out in your living area, unwinding in your master bedroom or studying in your home office? I want your Open House to welcome buyers and offer them a sense of ease. I'll help you achieve this by suggesting changes that highlight your house's features.
I'll advise you get rid of anything that gives the illusion of clutter. Table and counter tops should be cleared off. Brick-a-brack, souvenirs, family photos, and kids' artwork should get stored away too. You need to "de-personalize" the home so buyers can picture it as their new home.
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 could use polishing, and any other improvement that can quickly be made to positively influence the sale.
I'll make sure that your house is likable and that it's friendly, steering clear of "offensive" or "personalized" hues on the walls and furniture. And if you've already moved out, you can think about borrowing furnishings. The goal is for your house to look homey as opposed to abandoned.
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Setting the Stage
At every showing, we're doing well if we're engaging the buyer's senses.
Brightening up each room is of major importance, so we'll do things like open curtains and reduce shadows where needed to welcome the buyer. Together we'll enhance the ambiance with enjoyable music playing lightly and make sure a pleasant fragrance flows from every area. We'll add cozy-looking throws, and place pillows on your couch and bed. We want buyers to feel like your current home is their future home.