Fall is here, and it's a great time to boost the appeal of your home's interior as you prepare to sell your house. Homebuyers want to walk into your home and picture themselves living there. They imagine how they would arrange their furniture, what the bedrooms would look like with their decor, and what it would be like to prepare dinner in the beautiful kitchen. With a few changes and little investment, you can make your home appeal to more homebuyers.
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- Maintain It
Give potential buyers the ability to imagine themselves living in your home by simplifying it. Homebuyers are attracted to clean, clutter-free homes that leave them imagining themselves living there. To maximize the sale of your home, start with a clean slate and a minimalist mind. Remove personal items, like family photos, and box up the knick-knacks. Clean every surface, remove the cobwebs and get rid of dust bunnies under the tv stand.
TIP: When cleaning your house, set a timer for 30 minutes and get as much work done as possible. Then set a 15-minute timer and take a break. Grab a cup of tea, play with the dog, meditate, anything to help you relax and recharge. Repeat the process until you've finished cleaning a room or you've done enough for the day.
Lighting makes a huge difference in the appearance of the rooms in your house. The more natural light you let in, the more open and appealing your home will be to potential home buyers.
Layer your lighting to impress homebuyers
When agents show your home or hold an open house, they open the drapes and turn on all the lights. Why? Because they want your home to appear bright and inviting. That is why it's important to layer your lighting. By combining natural light with light fixtures, you open up the spaces in your house. Open the drapes and remove any dark, heavy window coverings. Put a tall lamp against a wall to cast light up and out, making the room appear taller. Light the fireplace to create a warm glow and a sense of coziness. Lean a large mirror against a wall to reflect even more light.
- Update light fixtures
- Light the fireplace
- Remove dark, heavy drapes
- Clean the windows inside and out
- Lean a large mirror against a wall
Keep It Clean
Once you've minimized the clutter and cleaned your house from top to bottom, it's crucial to maintain it. Make the beds first thing in the morning, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, wipe down bathroom surfaces daily. Have a large storage ottoman in the family room where you can quickly stow away toys. Place an attractive basket near the entry where everyday items, like shoes and umbrellas, can be placed to keep the area open and clean. When your real estate agent calls to let you know a homebuyer is coming to look at your house, you'll be ready.
After you've prepared the interior of your home, it's time to price your home to sell. Find an experienced real estate agent with an excellent reputation to get the most accurate price on your home. Your agent will provide a CMA so you can see what your house is worth in today's housing market. Pricing your home for today's market is key to getting it sold in fewer days for the highest price.
Without spending much money, you can turn the inside of your home into an oasis that homebuyers will love. Declutter, clean, keep it light and airy and maintain it to make your home more appealing to homebuyers. Before you know it, your home will be under contract!
If you have questions about the housing market or selling your home, reach out to an experienced real estate agent or email us. We work with a network of real estate professionals and will do our best to help you find an agent in your area.
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