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How you live in your home and what you do to make it as appealing as possible to attract home buyers is very different. You personalize your home to remind yourself of wonderful experiences you have shared with loved ones. You also personalize your home by selecting colors, decorations and furniture that please you and lets you show off what is unique about you. But when you are going to sell your home, your real estate professional is going to look at the home knowing what is appealing to the vast number of buyers and what they DO NOT WANT TO SEE in a home.
The key is to get rid of clutter, clean everything down to the switch plates, and create a neutral space that buyers can picture themselves living in.
Other crucial factors in staging your home for maximum buyer appeal are:
• arrange furniture to make the room inviting
• lighting and paint colors to accentuate room features and to make the space look larger and
• depersonalizing the home so the prospective buyer can project themselves living in the home and not an intruder in YOUR space.
My Quick Home Staging Checklist is an easy to follow step-by-step guide to help you get your home in tip-top shape and, in the process, remove many of the common household drawbacks to a quick sale. After you have tackled this checklist, you are ready to take full advantage of the recommendations in this article. Contact me for suggestions of what needs to be done versus the nice to do items.
But first, let's look at the Big Picture before we get into the nitty-gritty.
Your home may have a very small living room, bathrooms, or kitchen. What do you do? Buyers only know what they see, not what could be. Put things away, bring the outside in - with touches of greenery and nature and emphasize the best of what's there. Rooms will look bigger, and the buyer can mentally move in.
Other home design and staging experts provide a room-by-room rundown on how to make every space look bigger so that you can sell your listings faster. Here are their best tips:
The Living Room
You want to make a good impression as soon as buyers walk through the front door. Stand inside the front door to see where a buyer's eyes go to first in the living room.
Take the furthest corner and put something there to draw the eye. A lot of times, that means moving a couch, so that's not the first thing you see. Sometimes a lamp or piece of art is what you want people to see first, so that you're immediately taking in the size of the room.
Make sure window coverings are sheer, or are pulled back, to bring in more light. Brighter rooms look bigger and more inviting.
Less is better! Don't block walking pathways. Having over-sized sofas or too much furniture will make the living room look smaller.
If you've got a fireplace or a view, direct the buyer's eye to that as the focal point of the room.
The Dining Room
Tables should be positioned for maximum effect in the dining room. You don't need to have a lot of leaves in them with six or eight chairs. In fact, taking all the leaves out and making the dining table as small as possible will make the room look bigger. Another good trick: If there is a heavy rug on the floor, take it out to create the illusion of more floor space.
If there's a China cabinet, keep a few pieces in it, don't fill it up with items. Overcrowding with too many items will overpower the room.
Simplify! Don't bother setting the table. It just draws attention to the table, and not to the room.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so making an investment in updating an old kitchen will pay big dividends.
If the room is dated, update it with new cabinet hardware or paint it. That will give it a more open, clean look.
Clearing off the counter as much as possible will make the work space larger. Try not to have the coffee maker, mixer, and toaster all out at the same time or people will think there's not enough room for everything.
Decorate simply, using just a couple of cookbooks or fill a pretty bowl with lemons or green apples and put it on the counter or a sideboard.
Cleaning wood cabinets with degreasers and then applying orange oil. It makes the cabinets look brand new. Clean the inside of the stove and refrigerator, and shine the counter tops, sinks, and faucets. When a kitchen is spic-and-span, buyers will focus on how great it looks rather than how small it is.
But all buyers want trendy new appliances and granite countertops. Mismatched appliances are a No-No. The dishwasher, range/oven and microwave have to match.
The biggest no-no in the master bedroom is having a television set in the room. Its not as important in the guest room or kids rooms, but you want to create a soft, romantic, relaxing space in the master bedroom. A television also adds more clutter to the bedroom and can potentially make a small room look more crowded.
Neutral colors on the wall and on the bed open up the room. No busy wallpaper, which makes the room smaller. Get new bedding in light colors, and use throw pillows on the bed.
Make sure all signs of daily life - like ironing boards, laundry baskets, and clothes thrown on chairs are put away. Seeing things like that says to a buyer that don't have enough space in the closets, she says.
A bathroom shower isn't always to everyone's taste, so pull the curtains back to maximize the view of the tub, which is what people want to see anyway. If your eyes can see all the way to the back of the tub instead of stopping at the shower curtains, the bathroom will appear bigger to buyers. If don't have glass shower doors, choose a light-colored or transparent shower curtain to make the room brighter and seem larger.
Clear off all the counters. And for ambiance, you can put out some fragrant candles, don't light them, unless it's for an open house. Have some nice, colored soap in the dish, and use fresh flowers or live plants.
If the bathroom is in an upscale property, put a champagne bucket with glasses, or silver-backed mirrors and brushes on the counter to create a feeling of luxury, suggests Marshall. It is not you'd do in a $300,000 condo, it'd be appropriate for a $3 million house, he says.
Be sure to remove all area rugs to create the illusion of greater space, says Pulse. No covers on the toilet seat or rugs around the toilet, she adds. Make sure all the light bulbs are working, and are the same wattage.
Putting the Best Face Forward
Its understandable for some sellers to be resistant to removing sentimental family photos or changing their favorite decorations before putting their homes on the market. However, if the items in question contribute to the rooms looking smaller and more cluttered and ultimately distracting potential buyers from seeing themselves living there, then removing decor is the best bet for a quick sell.
De-clutter so you don't distract the buyer from looking at your home. Have no more than one or two items on a coffee table and removing most, if not all personal photos from the area will de-personalize it and also help to clear up the clutter which overwhelms a small room... and makes it look even smaller.
Your home is a product you're marketing, so you need to make sure yours stands out!!!!!
My Phoenix Home Seller Guide seller tips and resources will help you sell your home for more.