Home Renovation and Improvements
Getting the most out of your budget!
Setting up your house to sell, is not about remodeling or making your home look sterile. Home staging is the process of preparing a home for sale, regardless of price or location. Staging focuses on simple steps to make your home show like a model without spending a lot of money.
Your house is now a product. It has pluses and minuses, as well as competition. To be competitive, your house should be priced right and look better than the others.
- On the inside
- START PACKING
- Un-clutter the home: Put away the personal clutter - start packing before you sell! Allow the buyer to mentally move their furniture into your home. Store extra possessions in the garage or rent a storage unit
- First impressions: You want it tidy, smelling good, and inviting! "you never have a second chance to make a first impression"
- Accessible for viewing. Buyers time is valuable. Don't turn them away!
- Buyers are not comfortable with the seller present. Give the buyer the freedom to view every aspect of your home.
- Oil squeaking door hinges, tighten loose cabinet knobs and fix faulty wall switches.
- Get the carpets cleaned or replaced.
- Room by room:
- Kitchen: The kitchen should have good aromas or no smell at all. Sinks and floors should be clean and dirty dishes out of sight. The cabinets should be wiped down and the appliances free of food and crumbs. Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. Clear refrigerator fronts of messages, pictures, etc.
- Bathrooms: If there is a leaky faucet or toilet, get it fixed. If the tub or sink has a chip in it, get it repaired. Replace worn out or dirty grout. Make the fixtures sparkle and clean the mirrors and vanities. Put out fresh towels and coordinate them in one or two colors. Have a clean shower curtain or doors, with no mildew.
- Closets: They look larger when there are fewer items stored in them. Neat, well-organized closets show there is ample space available for the new homeowner and their things.
- Garage and basement: Organize or pack away tools not in use and discard boxes and scrap materials.
- Small rooms, problem spaces
An oversized coffee table, two large upholstered chairs and a love seat will make a room feel spacious, yet cozy. Choose consistent accent colors and disperse them around the room evenly. Whatever window treatments or wall color is on one wall, keep it the same on all walls. Uniformity is a must in small rooms.
- On the outside
The outside of the home is one of the most important areas because it is what the buyer sees first. A clutter-free yard and well-maintained house are essential in luring the buyer inside.
Here are some more tips on staging the outside of a home:
- Go around the perimeter of the house and move all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building materials, etc. Throw away anything not needed or not in use.
- Check, repair and clean gutters.
- Prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows.
- Keep the lawn regularly cut, edged and fertilized.
- Clear patios or decks of all small items that clutter, such as small planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbecues, toys. etc. A few large items work best in these types of spaces.
- Sweep all walkways, including the ones in the backyard.
- Wash the outside of all windows.
- Check paint and wood conditions of the house - especially the front door and trim. Repair all wood rot and paint what is needed.
- Park extra cars away from the house so the buyer can have a clear picture of the home when pulling into the driveway.
- Throw away anything not needed or not in use.
- Showing your house
If possible, have all family members out of the house while a potential buyer is looking through it. Buyers are not comfortable with the seller present. Give the buyer the freedom to view every aspect of your home.
Leave on certain lights during the day.
During showings turn on all lights and lamps and open all drapes and curtains.
Have light music on during the day for a viewing.
Pets and their odors turn off many prospective buyers. If possible arrange for the pets to be out of the house during a showing. A simple solution is to put the animals in a laundry room or garage while the home is being shown.