Summer is the best time to sell your home in a competitive real estate market. Buyers like to move in the summer when it isn't snowing or raining, and it is also easier to transition children to a new school in the autumn when a new semester begins. If you want to sell your home this summer, then you should begin to prepare the property during the spring so that it is ready for potential homebuyers to view. When you don't understand what a current homebuyer is looking for when she is shopping for a property, you can consult with a expert such as a professional who provides home staging services.
Home Staging Task 1: Clean Your Home Completely
If you are a busy person, then cleaning your home completely is not on the top of your list. However, a potential buyer will notice dirty and worn looking areas of your home. When someone looking at your home notices debris on surfaces, she will assume that you haven't cared for your property, leading to problems such as insect infestations, broken plumbing fixtures and damaged electrical outlets. Cleaning your home requires removing everything from the cabinets and closets to scrub the surfaces. This is also the best time to throw away clutter to make the spaces look roomier.
Home Staging Task 2: Get Rid Of the Excess Items That Are Inside Your Home
The rooms in your home will look more spacious and inviting when you get rid of excess items. If your living room is packed with children’s toys, decorative items or DVDs, then pack the items in storage boxes or get rid of the things. You don’t need to create a space that looks like a hotel room because buyers enjoy seeing a home that has family photographs because it helps them to imagine themselves living there. Remember that potential homebuyers will look in every space of a building, so you should remove anything that is valuable or embarrassing.
Home Staging Task 3: Increase the Lighting In Each Room Of a Home
Anyone looking at your home will need bright lighting, so you should push furniture away from the windows to clean the windowpanes. Make sure that the window blinds or draperies are easy to open so that a real estate agent can show off a room’s best features such as a built-in entertainment center, stone fireplace or walk-in closet. In addition, make sure to have numerous lamps or overhead lighting fixtures so that a potential buyer can see a room’s features on a rainy day.
Home Staging Task 4: Paint Walls With Neutral Colors Of Paint
If you have installed wallpaper or used unusual colors of paint, then it is essential to redecorate with neutral colors. When a potential buyer sees hot pink walls in a bedroom or flowered wallpaper in a kitchen, she will avoid making an offer, or she will want to offer a lower price on the property. If a new buyer wants to move into a home right away, then redecorating is time-consuming and expensive, so you must meet a potential buyer’s needs by using plain white or off-white paint on the walls and ceilings of a home.
The first impression that a homebuyer has is your front porch and door, so make these elements look inviting by washing the cement steps and painting the door. Hang a decorative wreath on the door, or alternatively, place flowerpots next to the doorway to make your home more inviting.
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The information provided is for the clients' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties clients may be interested in purchasing. All properties are subject to prior sale or withdrawal. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate, and should be independently verified. Greater Baton Rouge Assoc. of REALTORS® Last Updated: 3/17/2018 8:28:44 PM