Moving can be one of the most stressful situations in life, especially when the sale of a home is involved, and not to mention, the purchase of a new home. We recently endured a season like this, and learned quite a bit about the showing process.
Showing a home is much easier than it used to be, and with these simple tips we hope you will find less anxiety during the process.
Your home may be beautiful, but if it is filled with bright colors and patterns, you could be deterring buyers without even knowing it. This was challenging for us, having just painted our kitchen cabinets blue! We also have a colorful style. Not everybody loves color, and may find it distracting; neutral decor may appear boring, but it creates less of a distraction to a home shopping audience.
Neutrals help buyers envision what they can add or take away from a space.
When buyers visit a home they want to picture themselves living there; they do this subconsciously. Making each space as minimal as possible, with a few simple pieces of decor helps the buyers stay separated from the idea that people still live in the home.
Stash away the large family portraits, the wedding albums, and the themed children's decor.
Having an inspector come to your home may be an added expense that you aren't eager to invest in, but it can be worthwhile. If you have an older home, new construction is your competition; a home inspector can confirm that the your home is suitable and give you a list of things that you should do to ensure it is in the best possible condition. The buyer will also have an inspection on the home, and if you've already handled many of the to-dos, the transaction will move along with greater ease.
Enhance Curb Appeal
Enhancing curb appeal is as simple as cleaning up and adding a few potted plants. Buyers want to be drawn in to your home. A sparse landscape is fine as long as dead plants, shrubs, old cars, etc. are cleared away.
Make sure your outdoor area is as clean and tidy as possible.
Baking bread or fresh cookies can provide a lovely aroma and a sweet feeling of comfort. Burning candles can also help, just be sure to put them out before leaving. Essential oil diffusers are wonderful too, and these can be left on while your home is being viewed. Try a blend of lavender and lemon (calm and fresh).
It's important that all shelves are organized and minimal. Remember that it's better to store any temporary clutter in furniture that you'll be taking with you (or under beds).
You'll want your closets and cabinets to be relatively tidy; buyers will want to view how much storage is available in the home.
Many blessings to you as you sell your home!
*This is a collaborative post.