In today’s real estate market, it’s a buyer’s market. If you are selling
your home and want to sell in a reasonable amount of time, your house should stand out from the competition. With that in mind, here is my top ten “to do” list before putting your house up for sale.
- should be clean and attractive
- add some flower pots for color
If buyers don’t like what they see outside, they may never come inside
- clean out and depersonalize all the stuff
- clean out closets and cabinets to show there is enough storage
Clean, Clean, Clean
- buyers don’t want to see dirty bathrooms or kitchens
- get rid of foul odors (garbage, mold, cigarette smoke, pet odors)
Take care of deferred maintenance.
- little things like: cracks, broken tiles, light bulbs out, etc.
When buyers see small repairs not fixed, they wonder if the house has major deferred maintenance.
- wallpaper is frowned upon today
Some buyers will go as far as not buying a house if there is too much wallpaper.
Paint if needed
- go neutral
- neutrals appeal to more people
Fireplace (everybody loves a fireplace)
- clean it up
- paint fireplace wall an accent color
- make it the focal point in the room
Furnish for selling
- don’t overcrowd rooms with furniture
- too much furniture makes a room look small
- each room should have a sufficient amount of lamps
- no one likes a dark house
Define each room
- no valuable square footage should be shown as a storage room
The worst thing you can do is to put your house on the market without fixing it up at all. You should know your competition. Go to “open houses” in your area, and PRICE TO SELL.
Copyright 2009 – Rearrange It ! Redesign & Real Estate Staging – Marie DiCara
Member of ADE (Association of Design Education) – Graduate of Academy of Design & Decorating