1. Clear Your Clutter

This is the first and most important step you can take to make an impression once your home is on the market! A clutter free home photographs beautifully, while knick-knacks and excess "stuff" can make your home appear cramped in pictures.

Make a sweep of every room in your house, including closets and the garage. Less furniture will help your rooms appear larger than they are. As an Accredited Staging Professional, I can help with this by recommending what furniture to remove or keep in a store unit during the listing period. 

2. Use Paint

To make rooms look larger, paint adjoining rooms the same color. Professional stagers use this trick all the time! A small open kitchen will appear larger if it is the same color as the dining room.

3. Neutral Colors

Bright and bold colors can be a turn off to buyers who might feel like they are invading your home instead of their future home. Painting is obviously an easy fix, but buyers are often unable to see past the current paint colors to what your home really has to offer. Choose neutral off-white, beige, or tan paint. Soft blues or greens can work as well!

4. Removal of Personal Items

Too many family photos or heirlooms will make your home seem too personal. If all they see when they walk into your home is your memories, home buyers will have a hard time being able to picture themselves living in the home.

5. Clean Everything

Strong odors and visible stains can change a buyer's mind in an instant. Deep clean your home from top to bottom to ensure that it's looking better than ever. If you have pets, it's always a good idea to have your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned.

And before you stuff your items under the sink or in the hallway closet, remember that anyone who is seriously thinking about your home will open cabinets to look for leaks and open closet doors to see the storage space.

6. Make Minor Repairs

Not every repair costs a bundle. Fix as many small problems as you can, whether it's a sticky door, a torn window screen, or a dripping faucet. These may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression your house isn’t well maintained.

7. Get Replacement Estimates

If you're already aware of items that will need to be replaced or updated, get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs and show them that you've gone the extra mile to make their lives a little easier. Check out my list of trusted contractors if you don't already have someone in mind.

Also hunt down warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for your furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items you want to leave with the house.

8. Curb Appeal

Don’t forget your buyer’s first impression - the exterior of your home. Think about how your home looks as buyers drive up for the first time. Be sure that all toys and garbage cans are neatly stored away. Regularly trim your lawn. You may want to also consult a professional landscaper to help sculpt your bushes and trees to make a first impression that lasts.

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