Top 20 Free
1. Take a weekend and visit some model homes.
Notice how neutral decor, open and move-in ready spaces
feel so inviting.
2. Note the "outside" is the new "inside."
An attractive and well maintained landscape
can add as much as 10% to the value of your home!
Plus, typically you'll get a 100% return on the money
you put into your curb appeal.
3. Hide the outdoor distractions
Put away garbage cans
and all children's outdoor toys.
4. Lose the religious decor, not your faith.
Religion is a very fragile subject and we do not want to distract or offend any potential buyers. Until your home is sold, it's best to put away religious decor in keeping with the neutrality code
of staging and selling. (This goes for political views as well.
If a buyer does not support the same views as you, the may start to question who else on the street share the same views as you do.)
5. Take the home out of your home.
A staged home should feel "lived-in" but not someone else's home.
De-personalize by removing family photos, personal collections, etc.
6. Half empty closets!
Closets are very important spaces that you are selling.
Pack up out-of-season clothes and
de-clutter closets so they are 50% empty.
Avoid hiding things by stuffing them in closets last minute.
7. Be obsessive about keeping the kitchen and bathrooms
unusually sparkling clean.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms in the home.
Especially the kitchen. It can make or break the home sale.
That's how important it is.
8. Let the sun shine in!
All window treatments should be wide open to
let in natural light during showings.
Day or night, it's also very important to keep on all lights.
Not only does light show off your space better, it can be distracting
for a Realtor to search for the light switch during a showing.
9. Trash does not equal clean!
Empty indoor trash cans often and all trash cans
should be empty during showings.
Don't negate all your hard work by leaving your dirty q-tips
out for buyers to see.
10. Remove items behind doors.
All doors should open all the way.
11. Prepare for last minute stow-aways.
Keep a caddy near the shower/bath to stash toiletries and
create a new junk drawer in the kitchen.
13. Presence of pets give the impression of a dirty home.
Remove litter boxes from inside the home during showings.
(If this is not possible, make sure it is freshly scooped
and out of sight.)
Also, try to remove pets from home during showings
(cage, take for a walk or put outside).
And remove pet food bowls and toys before a showing.
14. Avoid excessive scents (candles, plug-ins).
Less is more.
Strong odors are offensive to many.
Lemon fresh "just cleaned" scents or none at all is your best bet.
15. Avoid cooking foods with strong odors while
home is for sale.
While it's yummy and all good when you "live" in your home,
fish and many ethnic foods can leave strong lingering odors
that may be distracting or offensive to many buyers.
You don't want to be remembered as the "stinky house!"
16. Out of sight out of mind.
Those of us with kids know that they don't play with half their toys.
Nor would they miss them if we put the unpopular ones
away for awhile.
Store children's not-so-played with toys and
provide each child with a large basket of frequently used toys
that can easily be stashed on a whims notice.
17. Keep the romance ALIVE!
The presence of appropriately purposed fresh flower arrangements
keeps that "loving feeling" going from room to room.
(Avoid fake flowers and trees, as they are not only big dust collectors,
they do not create the same "wow" factor that fresh flowers can.)
18. Fix all drips.
Leaky faucets and running toilets are distracting and are
red flag waivers.
Fix before the house goes on the market or
risk flushing profits down the drain!
19. Invest in a fresh coat a paint.
Fresh, neutral paint makes the space feel fresh and new.
Painting is one of the cheapest big-impact ways to change a room.
You'll always make back 100% on your investment.
20. Don't upgrade before selling a home.
Quick fixes before selling always pay off.
Extreme makeovers, including big renovation projects are a big no.
You most likely will not get your money back.