When someone is looking for homes in Broomfield, Co. or homes for sale in Boulder, Co. first impressions are very important. The outside of the home, the inspection, the area, are all factors in their purchase, but one of the best ways to draw in the sale is to take the time to make the interior of the home marketable.
Staging your home for the sale will help you get the price you want in the time that you want. It takes just a little time and makes a world of difference.
Outside is important
Yard Work is often unpleasant. But taking the time to weed the flower beds, power wash the outside of the house, and get rid of that small oil stain in the driveway will do a lot for the first impression. Make sure the potential buyer feels like they can take off their shoes and walk barefoot in the grass.
Deep cleaning a house makes a huge difference. By starting with the deep clean it also allows you to identify any imperfections that you may have otherwise overlooked. Start in the bathroom. Scrub the grout, tile, ceiling, toilet, sinks, floors and walls. Don’t forget to clean the vent fan. Take the time to go through any sink drawers, shelves, and cabinets. Most people will deny that they peek, but it’s a fact. Pay attention to items that are of a personal nature and put them someplace potential buyers won’t look. Fresh towels, full rolls of toilet paper, clean shower doors, and crisp clean towels all add to the appeal.
Cleaning outside of the bathroom keep in mind how things look. If you have glass cabinets in the kitchen, stacked reused cool whip containers don’t make a good impression. Take time to de clutter the bookshelves, closets and counter spaces. Also be aware of the smells of the cleaners. You don’t want it to feel like the house is clean just because it’s being sold, but that it’s always clean.
Make it Objective
Your home has so many things that make it say your name. However, this is the time to depersonalize. Personal photos, a lot of books, or a shelf with your mouse statue collection should be sorted through and packed away. Some items are fine to be left out but try to make your home more neutral for the sale.
Certain items bring high returns. Granite countertops, new stainless-steel appliances, updated cabinets are all important to homebuyers. The kitchen can cost you some money in staging, but the countertops and appliances are worth the investment. Cabinets can be painted or stained, and hardware replaced. Sinks should be polished, and items organized. The kitchen is the heart of the home. And there is truth in the fact that it doesn’t hurt to have some cookies on a plate for the buyers to nibble on.
Windows, Walls, and Floors
New drapes, clean windows, freshly painted walls, new area rugs and clean carpets and floors are all simple and things you can do yourself. Buyers like light so have those windows clean and clear. Splashes of color in rugs and valances give added appeal without turning them off because they don’t like green walls. Remember, you want them to see their items and themselves in your house.
Taking the time to stage your home can make all the difference in the amount of time it takes to sell. You can hire a stager, or you can take on the operation yourself. Either way, it’s worth the effort.
When it comes to selling a home, you need a real estate agent that you can rely on. My experience of the local area and specialized knowledge makes the best candidate. Feel free to contact me for more information.