Before your house goes on the market, have it look better than the competition!
(1) Remove, Reduce, Rearrange
– assess what you can live without and remove
– pack up all
collections, remove family pictures and reduce the number of books (keep only good hard cover books), wall hangings, paintings and art work. These distract the viewer from seeing the actual
house. ‘The viewer is buying your house, not your collections.’
– minimize objects
on furniture to groups of 1 or 3 items.
– remove excess
furniture and eliminate overcrowding to show the space you’re selling.
objects from kitchen counters. Move counter top appliances and gadgets to a cupboard out of sight.
– clear all
messages, magnet and pictures off the refrigerator.
– in bathrooms
remove all personal and unnecessary items from counters, tubs, showers and commode top.
pillows and cushions on sofas to 0 or 2. Remove afghans and blankets.
Up, Freshen Up
– create ‘Curb
Appeal’. Ensure walkways and flower beds are tidy and the front door and trim are fresh and clean. The impression created here is a lasting and very important one
– remove all
things that create clutter.
offensive odors such as fried food smells, kitty litter, dog dirt in a yard, dirty diapers in a nursery. “You can’t sell it if you can smell it.”
– clean carpets,
drapes and windows.
fireplaces, glass doors, mantles and hearths.
– clean sinks,
stove and counter tops, oven, fans, filters, grouting.
– blinds, doors,
windows, hinges, light switches and switch plate covers must all be clean and in good operating order. Repair or replace where necessary.
– fill nail holes,
repair and paint walls, ceilings and trim. Choose neutral colors that will appeal to the majority of people, avoiding dark or trendy colors.
– ensure rooms are
well lit and replace burnt out light bulbs.
(3) While Your House Is On The Market
– open all
curtains and blinds during the day, letting in light and allowing a view of the outdoors.
– make beds every
day and keep closet doors closed.
– remove garbage
regularly to prevent odors. Place waste baskets inside a cupboard, out of sight.
– put toilet lids
– keep the kitchen
– keep the sinks
clean and empty at all times.
Need help preparing your home for sale?
To discuss your options call:
HOME STAGING by ME 705 328 0360