How to Dress Up your Home for Resale

From on April 01, 2008 in General

Staging Your House

If you are at that exciting and somewhat apprehensive point of marketing your home, you want to carefully prepare it to present as well as possible. Buyers are very visual, and because of that, your home needs to be in ship-shape condition. The following attributes help out a lot.

Create curb appeal.

First impressions carry a lot of weight; therefore, curb appeal is a vital element. Go stand in front of your home, and do your best to look at it though another’s eyes. You may even ask a friend or neighbor to give you a non-biased opinion. Look for simple cosmetic changes you can make. Maybe a fresh coat of paint, lively shutters, or cheery flower pots are needed. Look for any landscaping changes you can make. The interior window coverings should be considered also, as they play a part in the overall presentation from the outside looking in.

Clean it up.

This is one area that will only cost you some elbow grease; but if neglected, can cost you a sale. There can be nothing structurally wrong with your home, but if it is a pig-pen, buyers will have a hard time looking past the mess. Not only should you give your home a thorough cleaning, but look for ways to make it feel as spacious as possible. Rearrange furniture, removing large and overbearing items. Organize closets, and remove extra clutter. Look for any obviously ugly fixtures, such as an air conditioner hanging out of a window.

Stage your home.

This is a common maneuver realtors use and recommend to homeowners. Arrange your furniture to accentuate your home’s best qualities. This may even entail selling some pieces and buying more appropriate ones. You may use the spare bedroom for a music studio, but it might present better if it is set up as home office or spare bedroom.

Make a list.

Preparing to market my own home, I recently strolled through the whole place and made a list of everything that needed repair or sprucing up before I call in a realtor. I divided the list into two sections: everything I can do, and everything my contractor needs to complete. Not only does it help to have a plan, but it makes the whole process feel a bit less overwhelming.

You can do a lot to help your home make a good impression without spending a lot of money. Do your best, but listen to feedback from realtors and buyers. If your home doesn’t sell within a desirable period of time, you may need to consider some deeper repairs or renovations.