Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

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Did you ever think that your family photos would make your home less attractive? What about your children’s doodles on the refrigerator? Or your favorite oversized chair that is perfect for late night reading? How about the beautiful purple color you carefully selected for the bathroom?

If you answered no, don’t worry. The potential buyers that visit your home would probably answer the same way. But your style, comforts and personal belongings affect how attractive your home is to potential buyers. Most of the time it affects them subconsciously; they don’t realize how much your favorite chair turned them off from the entire house.

When you have your house on the market and you want to sell it, it is all about staging and it’s worth it. Based on various statistics I have read, homes that are staged sell more than three times faster and at a higher price than homes that are not staged.

You can pay a professional stager to get your home ready or you can tackle it yourself. Here are some of my staging tips for making your home more attractive to buyers:

  1. De-clutter: Rent a storage unit to store everything in your home that you can live without, including your family photos, books, extra toys, and off-season clothes.
  2. Minimize furniture: Put large pieces of furniture in storage to make your rooms appear more spacious.
  3. Define spaces: Define each room in your house. If a room is a bedroom, it should look like a bedroom. Using a bedroom as an office is fine; many buyers are including an office on their wish list.
  4. Revitalize: Paint each room with a neutral color and do it neatly. Remove any scuff marks on the walls.
  5. Let the light in: Add new lighting or add new light bulbs to existing lighting. Open the curtains during a showing and open house.
  6. Finish the floors: Clean the carpets or replace carpets with hardwood floors.
  7. Create curb appeal: Put out a new doormat, plant some colorful flowers, paint the front door, replace the door handles if they are worn, and replace an outdated or damaged outside light.
  8. Clean with a toothpick: Clean every inch of the house and keep the house clean.

Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Are there parts of your house that do not work for you anymore? A potential buyer will probably notice those defects as well; do your best to minimize them. If your kitchen is too small, remove items from the countertops and put extra plates and cups in storage. Use your imagination and look at your house in a whole new way. You never know. You may end up finding it more attractive and decide to not to sell it after all.

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