With the holidays now behind us, it’s time to plunge into a new year with new goals and expectations. If putting your home on the market is part of the plans you have for this year, it’s important to remember a few basic tips for preparing your home sell (even for sellers on a modest budget):
- Clean up the exterior! Power wash the siding, decks, porches and driveway, add fresh mulch to beds, mow and edge the lawn, and remove decorative lawn ornaments (Even if you love the garden gnomes and reflecting balls, remember that potential buyers may not. Pack them up before you put your home on the market).
- Consider new paint. Most houses need at least some touching up, and many need a complete color overhaul. Professional home stagers are skilled color consultants and can provide expert advice (even when the seller does not plan to professionally stage).
- Begin packing NOW–before the home goes on the market. I cannot over emphasize the importance of decluttering. You may even consider renting a temporary storage unit to hold boxes and extra furniture. Eliminating clutter can make even smallest home feel more spacious and orderly to potential buyers.
- Clean. A clean house gives potential buyers the impression that the home has been well cared for. A dirty, cluttered space gives the opposite impression. Most professional home stagers will ask buyers to have the home thoroughly cleaned prior to staging and regularly while the listing is active.