If you’re selling your house, that means there are probably a lot of various moving expenses that is taking up your income. If you’re selling your house, you also probably want it to sell as quickly as possible. This means hiring a real estate agent that understands the need of marketing your house effectively and also putting your house in order so that buyers come in and see a clean, organized, and a fresh house that they can imagine turning into their home. Staging a house before buyers come by makes a big impact on how quickly the house sells. Here are some inexpensive ways to freshen up your home before our realtors put it on the market.
Put Away Personal Items
Home buyers want to come into an open house and be able to envision their own belongings in the space. If the first thing they see when they walk in is a beautiful photo of your family on the entry wall, it can be distracting. Take down any pictures on the mantelpiece, the refrigerator, the hallway walls, bedroom bedside tables, and wherever you keep your personal items. It’s more than just pictures of family members, too; if there are religious pieces, they should be taken down as well. The good news with this tip is that it just costs you a few dollars for some storage boxes and packaging tape!
This goes hand-in-hand with putting away personal items. If you have kids and have shelves full of toys, a kitchen countertop full of school projects or decor that could be distracting, take some time to pack away these items. Clutter can hide in places a homeowner may not realize. De-cluttering is more than just picking up after the kids. Take a quick look inside your garage, attic, or basement and imagine yourself as the one considering buying the house. Gardening tools, sports equipment, or storage that has begun to overflow should be packed up. If there isn’t space in your home to stow away larger items, consider renting a storage unit for a month or two.
Staging a house can be an emotional phase, but rearranging the kids’ rooms, especially if they are no longer living at home, can significantly help sell the home quickly. Turning these rooms into well-organized guests rooms, or tidy offices can help the buyer find their own use for a space. Giving rooms a fresh coat of paint can also have a big return on investment. If a room is still pink or blue, painting it a neutral color will make it more attractive to buyers.
So much attention can be put on the interior on the house, that the curb appeal is forgotten. However, this may be one of the biggest beneficial refreshers. If there are flower gardens in the front of the home, covering the ground with some quick mulch will give the yard a fresh appearance. Cleaning up the yard itself can also help, try to mow the lawn frequently and clean up any debris. If you have the budget, power washing the siding, sidewalks, and driveway to remove any dirt can make a big improvement.
Our realtors understand that even though it can be emotional to rid your home of personal belongings and memories, staging your home will greatly impact how quickly the house is sold. If the time has come to sell your house, our real estate agents have the knowledge and experience you need in order to sell your home quickly and efficiently. Before putting the house on the market, ensuring that it can be presented well to potential buyers makes all the difference.