If you are preparing to put your home on the market, the little things can make a big difference in getting it to sell quicker and for top dollar. As a seller, you want to make your home stand out among the others and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers without having to spend a small fortune on updates and repairs. From paint colors to flooring and landscaping, The Loken Group sat down with professional stager Candy Dumas to create a comprehensive guide on how to ensure that your home is show-ready.
1. Lighting is Key
Photographs are the true first impressions buyers have of any home they are looking at; thus, getting your home photo-ready should be one of your top priorities. The easiest way to get your home photo-ready is to allow the photographer’s cameras to capture as much light as possible. Here are some things we recommend you do:
- Open blinds, shutters, and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible
- Leave all lights on
- Replace bulbs with LED or bright white lights
- Don’t be afraid to overdo it
2. Creating Curb Appeal
The first impression is often the most lasting impression. Because of this, the front of your house is arguably the most important part to make sure you get right before the showing. So what should you be focusing on doing to create curb appeal? Here are our recommendations:
- Prune your shrubs and foliage
- Get rid of weeds
- Add fresh mulch
- Remove any dead space in flowerbeds
- Bring in more color with colorful flowers
- Clean your front porch
- Pressure wash your concrete
- Wash your roof
3. Fix the Small Things
When a buyer goes on a showing, they will often look for what’s wrong with the home rather than reasons to love it. The best way to counteract this is to ensure all the small things are in order and that everything is perfect. Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for:
- Leaky faucets
- Pet scratches
- Touching up worn parts of the wall
- Fixing up the front door
4. Have the Model Home Mentality
The final key to getting your home ready for showings is to have the “Model Home Mentality”. This means removing all bits of personalization within your home. People often try to ignore this by telling themselves that “the buyer can just imagine it the way they want it to look”, but experience has taught us that this is not the case. Buyers are often distracted by the smallest things and they don’t fall in love with allowances, they fall in love with what they see. Here are some of the things you should look to do:
- Hide mail and lock up valuables.
- Replace sheets with clean linen.
- Make sure the home smells good.
- Air out your home.
- Get a few scented plugins, but don’t overdo it.
- Have your home set to an agreeable temperature.
- You don’t want buyers to feel too hot or too cold, because that will effect their opinions.
- Repaint walls with agreeable beige’s or grays.
- Add cute decor.
- Throw in decorative pillows.
- Set up some area rugs.
- Set the dining room table.
If you would like more in-depth advice on how to get your home ready for showings, check out this video!