Staging tips to help justify your asking price
Nearly all home buyers will hire a professional home inspector to take a close look at their new house before closing. Getting a pre-sale home inspection can speed things along analyzing the condition of your home and making necessary repairs now, before the house is under contract.
Curb appeal is critical. Some potential buyers won’t even go into a home if they don’t like the look of the outside.
• Lawns and gardens should be well groomed.
• Tattered or broken outside screen doors, shutters, siding, eve troughs, and mailboxes should be either repaired or replaced.
• Have the homes windows cleaned both inside and out.
• Give the front door exterior a fresh coat of paint if needed.
• Make sure the driveway is in good repair, power washing can help with driveway and decking stains or discoloration.
Buyers want a house that is clean and neat, and one on which they can place their own personal stamp.
•Inside, a neutral decor will achieve the best results.
•De-personalize; pack away a lot of your personal items, such as family photos.
•You can never go wrong with a fresh coat of paint throughout.
•Rooms should be bright and uncluttered.
•Buyers notice floors, so make sure they are clean and in good condition.
•Remove or replace any worn or old carpets
•Strong odors like cigarette smoke, pets, or strong cooking smells can be a serious turn-off for buyers. Be sure to eliminate these odors.
•All appliances, such as fridge, stove; microwave, dishwasher, and washer dryer should clean both inside and out.
•Consider hiring a professional cleaning service before going to market, perhaps with ongoing maintenance until your home sells.