Tips for Preparing Your Property for Sale
The key to preparing a property for sale is to “Neutralize” the environment.
Purchasers are best able to envision a new life in a new space when a property is clean, pleasantly furnished, artfully accessorized and simplified of clutter. Ideally, leaving a visitor wondering “Does anyone live there?” is a positive outcome, and it’s a leg-up for selling your home at top-dollar.
Here are ideas that have proven successful:
- Have a professional scrub & wash everything from top-to-bottom before first open house.
- Remove personal photos and memorabilia and replace with pleasant, neutral art.
- Simplify what is “out” in bathrooms and kitchens: remove excess household products, table-top appliances, toiletries, etc.
- Repair holes, cracks and water damage in wet areas in kitchen and bathrooms.
- Add a double paint coat of flat paint on walls and eggshell white on ceilings.
- Phase-out dated wallpaper in all rooms.
- Re-grout, and restore bath and kitchen fixtures.
- Add a new shower curtain that color-matches one’s bathroom ensemble.
- Increase existing lighting and add bulb wattage.
- Odorless is key. Remove garbage and litter boxes.
- Thin out clothes in closets.
- Expand the size of rooms with visual ploys like mirrors at hallway ends and room corners.
To go the extra mile, a seller is wise to consider professional staging services.
Staging is the process of improving upon the visual appeal of a property to increase its market price, by and through attracting the largest pool of potential buyers.
Staging is not interior decorating. The recommendations of a stager may not jive with your tastes, color palates, and aesthetic preferences. That said, stagers are responsible for one thing – using furniture, décor, wall coverings and tactfully-placed personal effects to appeal to the greatest percentage of buyers given the specificities of your particular market segment. It is all about presentation.
How does a Stager decide what to use? By anticipating the taste of the most likely buyers to walk-through that door during an appointment or an open house, and catering what they will see accordingly.