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Disassociate yourself from your home Step back and ask yourself, what would my first impression be if I were shopping for a home, pulled in the driveway, and toured this house?
Depersonalize You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls. Pack up personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want buyers to think, "I can see myself living here."
Remove clutter This is actually a head start on packing things up and getting rid of everything that you don’t plan to take to your new place.
Clean and polish A buyer will associate the cleanliness of the home with the maintenance and condition of the home. Focus on the rooms that potential buyers are most interested in - living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Look at each room as a potential buyer might and see what catches the eye first. Make that the starting point for the cleaning process. Then, follow the top-to-bottom, left-to-right rule for cleaning each room. Don't forget to wash windows, vacuum carpets and drapes, and dust thoroughly. Kitchens and bathrooms must be spotless.
Household smells The only thing as important as decluttering is having an immaculate house. A house that smells odd to a prospective homeowner, whether because of a cat’s litter box, dogs, or exotic food, can easily be a deal breaker. Don’t try to mask anything with air fresheners, candles or potpourri. Just let in fresh air a few minutes before a showing.
Hiring a professional cleaning company to scrub walls, floors, carpets, and windows can make an amazing difference, both in appearance and in removing odors. If the smell persists after the cleaning crew has finished, consider replacing any carpets used by animals.
Let in the light You want to let as much light in as possible. Remove unneeded shades and blinds. If there’s drapery, pull it open to maximize your window size. You want people to come in and say, " I could live here. It’s airy and bright!"
Keep it neutral Avoid drastic color changes from one room to the next in the main areas of the home. Picking a neutral color makes the home feel bigger, flow better, and feel more open. Neutrals don't have to be boring beige. Shades of gray, blue, and green can be neutral too. For mass appeal, stick to neutral walls and white or wood-tone moldings.
Make necessary repairs
Work on curb (and lakefront) appeal If a prospective buyer won't get out of their agent's car because they don’t like the exterior of your home, you never get them inside.
First impressions are everything when selling your home. It's important to make sure that it is presented in a way that will make buyers see it at its very best. If you'd like, we are happy to help you develop a plan of how to best prepare your house for maximum salability. Below are some items to consider to help buyers put your home at the top of their want list.