Previously we covered some of the basic ways your clients can start preparing to stage their homes. We covered some of the lighter repairs and Cleaning a seller can do on their own, but sometimes a house needs more attention to standout. Below we have spec’d out some of the more intensive revamps sellers should invest in if they don’t want to watch the value of their home decrease from month to month.
It is important for the living area to feel open and have a good flow for walking through. So try rearranging furniture to clear a path for an easy fix. We talked about depersonalizing in the earlier post, but sometimes you have to take it a step further. If you painted your living room a more personal color in the past, you should think about painting it back to a neutral color. Also make sure if there are any ceiling fans with lighting fixtures they are thoroughly cleaned or even completely updated. Wood flooring in the living area can lead to a lot of wear and tear, instead of replacing the entire floor try sanding it down a little and adding a new stain.
We talked about clearing counters and cleaning the fridge previously. Now it is time to think about cleaning out the oven, removing any decoration like mats and towels, and possibly giving the cabinets a makeover. You can replace, paint, or re-stain them. If they have outdated hardware like brass or gold, you should definitely switch those out for brushed silver or stainless steel. Some homes come with chandelier lighting for the dining room, we suggest switching those out for a flush dome light, which you can find at any hardware store.
Besides keeping a spotless bathroom there are other upgrades you can do to impress buyers. You can make a bathroom feel brand new by replacing faucets, upgrading the vanity lighting, and even adding a frame to the mirror. These all cost a little more than making sure it is clean, but those little details can make a huge difference. If you have wallpaper up definitely remove it and paint the bathroom white for an extra clean feeling. Outdated counter colors can also throw a potential Buyer for a loop, luckily you don’t have to replace it to make it look good. There are paints sold in hardware stores specifically for counter tops, so take advantage the easy upgrade.
Using gender neutral colors is often suggested for bedrooms so anyone can picture themselves in the room. This means if you have children’s room painted in vibrant girl and boy colors, it may be time to repaint to gender neutral whites, beiges, or light greys for buyers that may want to use those spaces as a guest room or an office. The same goes for the bedding and accessories. White bedding has proven to look more luxurious and relaxing, so try to stick to the basics. Accessory wise makes keep it to a minimum; you can probably get away with just lamps on your side tables.
It is natural that you will want to use Closet space to put away as much as possible before buyers show up to the house. Heck we even suggest it in some cases. The key is to make sure they have been organized and cleaned out well before showings start. Buyers want to feel like they have unlimited storage space, so they will be looking in every closet possible, especially the master. In part one of this series, we suggested aiming to remove ½ of the items in your house. This is especially important for your closet, so if you have a storage unit already, box up a few seasons of clothes and take a trip – easy fix and you do not have to get rid of anything. If you need storage try to make it look neater by using stacked boxes so it looks like there is more floor space. Another small way to perk up your closet is to use matching hangers, it will make it feel a little more luxurious.
If you just don’t have the time to take care of your yard and gardening it could be worth the investment to hire a landscaping crew. A lot of landscaping services also do landscape design if you don’t necessarily have a green thumb. They can pick out easy to maintain plants that will add a wow factor for buyers. Especially in the fall it can be worth the investment to avoid cleaning up leaves regularly. If you don’t have a walkway leading through your yard, now may be the time to lay down some stepping-stones to create a path to your door. If you already have a walkway make sure to fill in any visible cracks.
These are definitely advanced tips for sellers. It might seem like a lot of work and may cost a little bit, but the comfort and satisfaction of selling fast at a good price will outweigh the inconvenience. Next up look for a checklist on deep cleaning, yes even more than the oven and the fridge, that should not be overlooked.
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