Preparing Your Home

First impressions are important in creating excitement and fostering a feeling of security.The effects of lighting, decor, and landscaping can have a dramatic impact on the perceived value of your home. Listed below are some ideas to enhance your home’s appearance and help you prepare your home for sale:

New Paint

New paint, particularly light colors, makes rooms appear brighter and larger.

Furniture

Avoid clutter by removing excess furniture and decoration. If your home is vacant, consider staging.

Mirrors

Mirrors can brighten a room with reflected light and make a room appear larger.

Open Windows

Be sure to air out your home periodically to keep it fresh and avoid strong-scented air fresheners.

Fresh Flowers

Add color and warmth with fresh flower arrangements.

Inviting Entry

A new doormat and potted annuals welcome buyers to your door.

Lighting

Turn on all of your lights to add brightness and enhance your home’s charm.

Sunshine

Open draperies and curtains and let the sunshine in. Dark rooms are not typically appealing.

Make Necessary Repairs

Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and minor flaws can detract from home value. A buyers confidence can decrease when minor everyday things are not attended to; it calls into question the general maintenance of the home.

Avoid Surprises

Consider obtaining reports and inspections before marketing your property. This gives you the opportunity to make repairs before hand.

Leave the House

Potential buyers will be more relaxed if you are not present when the house is being shown.