According to the NAR’s (National Association of REALTORS®) 2015 Profile of Home Staging, 49% of REALTORS® who typically work with Buyers report most Buyers are affected by home staging. This is mostly because it is much easier for the buyer to visualize themselves living in your home. So with the spring market starting, what should you be doing to get your home ready for potential buyers? Last week I discussed the importance of curb appeal and first impressions but now it’s time to take a look inside the home.
First and foremost you should be decluttering and fixing any property faults that may turn off buyers right away. When you are finished those tasks it’s then time to get down to the details.
You’ll want to brighten up your home by opening up curtains or putting up blinds. If it’s a warmer day open the windows and get rid of that musty winter air that may still be lingering. Make sure you give all windows a thorough cleaning, especially with the sun shining through, dirt can be way more obvious!
If your appliances are coming with the house, make sure and give them a deep clean and organize them. Some buyers will look inside and messy sticky appliances will be a turn off, even if the rest of your home is spotless.
Closets and storage areas should be organized as well. Almost every buyer wants lots of closet space and messy unorganized closets will make your home look like there isn’t ample/appropriate storage.
You may change your bedding in winter to something a little heavier feeling. Switch up comforters with something lighter looking and more colorful. Even switching out a few pillows with bright pastel colored ones or something floral can make a huge difference to brighten up space and catch the eye of potential buyers. This can not only be said for the bedroom, but living rooms, dens and recreation rooms as well. This also applies to any dark towels/linens in bathrooms.
If at all possible when there is a showing or your home is being photographed, try to have some fresh flowers in vases around. This is a very inexpensive way to brighten up a room and appeal not only to the buyer’s sight but smell as well.
You may think it’s a good idea to leave some appliances out on the counter to showcase all the counter space you have. In spring, try putting all those appliances away and replace with colorful bowls full of fresh fruit that’s in season or fresh vegetables from the garden.
The full report from the National Association of REALTORS® can be found here; http://www.homestagingresource.com/pdf/2015-home-staging-statistics-NAR.pdf
If you are thinking about buying, selling or even investing, now is a great time to consult a professional. The assistance of a REALOR® can help determine the best options for you.