Tips to help buyers fall in love with your house
First Impressions: First impressions are critical so take a look at some of the first things the buyer will see. For example, you might want to put flowers or holiday decor by the front door or, put out a new welcome mat.
Wood work: There are many products available to clean and shine wood and hide minor nicks and scratches. If you have a lot of wood work, shining it up can make a HUGE difference. Olive oil and apple cider vinegar mixed together and applied with a soft cloth works well too.
Make good scents: Try to appeal to as many of the senses as possible. A nice fresh scent will make the house seem very clean. You might spray a little air freshener or put out a scent diffuser.
Clean, paint, update: It is a good idea to have the carpets cleaned now and make sure appliances and fixtures are sparkling as much as possible. Deep clean the bathroom grout and re-grout if necessary. If there is hardwood under the carpet, can you rip it up? You will want to remove some worn or dated items. You might put out some new throw pillows on the couch or put new towels in bathroom.
Neutralize: If you have any dark or unusual colors in your home, you may want to neutralize them. Also, remove anything with eyes: dolls, pictures, and refrigerator magnets.
Brighten things up: When your house is for sale, be sure to open or remove the blinds and heavy curtains. Also, you may want to use higher watt bulbs in fixtures to make your home look larger, brighter, and cleaner. Similarly, make sure windows are clean and screens are in good condition.
Get organized: You may want to rent a storage unit or bring some things to a friends home to appear more organized and help your home show better. You might even decide to have a yard sale.
Go green: Now is a good time to discard any dying plants and possibly get a couple lively new ones. Water the lawn and trim any hedges and shrubbery to make the lawn look bigger and more inviting. Flowers are always beautiful inside the house or out.
Jessica Lowe, Realtor
SELL HIGH AND BUY LOWE