By Charles Muotoh If you’re selling your home, chances are good you’re familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to…
Selling & Buying a Home Tips
Declutter your home
Declutter your home. Rooms and space will show better without excess furnishings and clutter. Start by taking photos of your rooms and evaluating what you can do to make it picture perfect. If you were to look at new "model homes," the furnishings are selected to better show the room. They are placed either in a unique way or are downsized to make the room appear larger. By removing clutter your rooms will appear larger.
Store those family photos
Store those family photos. Remove them from walls and tables. Family shrines do little to assist the home buyer from selecting your home as theirs. Potential buyers want to see themselves in the house. Having your old photos prominently displayed earmarks the house as yours.
Refresh rooms with a new coat of paint.
Refresh rooms with a new coat of paint. That $25.00 can of paint will go a long way in showing that you cared for your home and were conscious of its appearance. Use neutral or earth tone colors. Make it easy for the new home owner to cover the paint with their tastes and selections.
First appearances are important.
. First appearances are important. A manicured front lawn presents a good first impression. Also have planting beds freshly mulched. Bring color to the front doorway with potted plants. Remove the junk from the yard and driveway.
Time to do a little updating?
Time to do a little updating? The kitchen and bathrooms are a good place to start. These rooms will have the greatest impact on a home buyer. Also check your mechanical s: electric, furnace, and water heater. Are they at the end of their useful life? Remember, if a roof does not have at least two years of useful life, it may be difficult for the buyer to obtain a mortgage.
Caulk and paint windows.
Caulk and paint windows. Make sure chipped paint on the exterior of the house is properly repaired and covered with a fresh coat of paint. Take proper precautions when removing paint on houses built before 1978.
Inspect the exterior of your house.
Inspect the exterior of your house. Replace fallen or broken gutters. Repair loosened siding. Remember to caulk any of the seams. Repair broken steps, maintain walkways, and seal-off foundation cracks. If you know that a problem exists, fix it.
Replace the furnace filters
Replace the furnace filters, and have the furnace serviced. It will provide for a more efficient operation and save both you and the new buyer money over the long run of ownership, which is a great selling point.
Add some finishing touches to your floors
Add some finishing touches to your floors. Hardwoods would show better if they are cleaned or refinished. Tiled floors should be grouted and cleaned, Carpeting should be shampooed.
Spiff up the bathroom.
Spiff up the bathroom. Bath tubs and sinks will look much better if the old caulking is replaced. Tidy them up. Remember guests are on the way to your home.