Maximizing interior appeal
1. Kitchen & bathrooms
Of all the rooms inside your home, pay special attention to the kitchen
and bathrooms. They should look as modern, bright, and fresh as possible.
It is essential for them to be clean and odor free. A fresh coat of paint
just may do the trick. Also, don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
and have any leaky faucets taken care of.
2. Make room
Clear out as much furniture as you can. Put it in storage,
give it to Goodwill, or have a garage sale. You want to open up the house
so that it looks spacious and people can picture their own stuff in it.
3. Use counter intelligence
Go through the house and clear off all the horizontal surfaces like kitchen
and bathroom countertops. Old magazines? Toss 'em. Knick-knacks? Pack 'em.
Counters need to be clear and clean.
4. Follow your nose
A home should smell good. That means no noticeable odor -- no pet scent,
no stale cooking smells, and no cigarette smoke. Many people who smoke
or have pets become so accustomed to the smell, they don't notice it. So,
have a friend whose judgment -- and nose -- you trust give your home the
real sniff test. If you just go through with Lysol before a showing, that
won't help. Instead, get rid of scent problems at the source: scrub the
house, have the air vents cleaned, replace smelly carpeting and start smoking
5. Little work for buyers
Remember, the next buyer is as lazy as you are. If the property needs repairs
or updates, do it before listing the house so that all buyers have to picture
is moving day.
6. Let there be light
People buy space and light, for the most part. Open the blinds. Turn on
all the lights. Add lights in rooms that are dark. Replace all burned out
7. Learn to love white walls
When it comes to walls, color is popular. The problem is that the next
buyer might not like the same colors. Paint is a relatively inexpensive
way to make a house look clean and fresh. And if you're going to repaint
prior to selling, stick with neutrals. Despite the fact that it's more
boring to live in, it's still an easier sale. And remember that white reflects
the light best and makes rooms look their largest.
8. Take a close look at the carpet
Get the carpet shampooed to get out any stains or smells. If that doesn't
work, replace it. Get rid of carpet that looks dirty, soiled or stained,
and consider, if you can, wood or laminates as an alternative. It makes
the house look bigger and people love seeing the fact that it has wood
floors. Plus it's a lot easier to keep clean.
9. Avoid controversy
If you have a deer head on the wall, you might want to take it down. It
will be a turnoff to some buyers. Play it safe with the books and magazines
they display while showing a home. Anything provocative could turn off
10. Clean your closets
Sellers need to empty the closets of half the things they have in them.
Partially empty closets look roomy and space sells. Do the same thing with
11. Set your house apart
A real estate study was recently conducted in which potential buyers were
shown many different houses in similar neighborhoods, all with similar
features and amenities. The one that stood out? A home that had yellow
roses on the dining room table. People not only remembered the detail,
but they rated the home higher as a result. Another way to stand out is
to put on some nice soft music.
Maximizing exterior and curb appeal
When preparing to put
your home up for sale, your first concern
is the home's exterior. Before putting your
house on the market, take as much time as
necessary (and as little money as possible)
to maximize its exterior appeal. If the outside
or "curb appeal" looks good, people
will more than likely want to see what's
on the inside. Here are some tips to enhance
your home’s exterior and curb appeal:
1. Always do the obvious
Keep the lawn mowed and the gutters clear. Trim the bushes, get rid of
any dead branches, and fix anything that's hanging or broken. Keep outdoor
lights on in the evening and in good working order to better show off your
Got a brass doorknob? Make it shine. If you have wrought iron, clean it
or paint it. Wash the windows so that they gleam.
3. Apply pressure
If the exterior needs a fresh look, consider getting it pressure washed.
This is also a great way to clean trim or walkways and give them a clean,
Keep your garage door closed and store beaten up cars elsewhere while the
house is on the market.
5. Get an edge
Want the look of a manicured yard? Put some fresh mulch or bedding material
around the plants in the yard and use a hoe to make the edges of the bedding
Want to make the house look great without painting the whole thing? Just
paint the trim and the front door. And since the porch frames the front
door and is the first part of the house buyers will actually visit, make
sure it looks freshly painted. But if it needs it, don't be stingy. Paint
the whole house. The outlay will be well worth the money if you get a clean
looking home that moves fast.