With a new home on the horizon, we are prepping our current one to go on the market. What all does that entail? After quite a bit of research (and my knowledge of designing model apartments for the last twelve years), here are the main things you need to focus on to put your home on the market:
This one is obvious, but you need to clean up and de-clutter. This one is a slower process, but I’m working on editing things down and removing the clutter. This means nothing on counters (kitchen and bath) and well thought out styling.
This one is tough but true: You need to remove all personal items from the home. That means pictures and obvious personal items. In this way, you are allowing the potential buyer to more easily envision themselves living in your home (and not feel like they’re snooping into your world). I worked on this quite a bit this weekend and it made me a little sad. I preach non-stop on how you should make your home personal, so you could say there’s quite a bit to remove.
KEEP IT NEUTRAL
Though you may love your neon orange play room, it could be a potential buyer’s worst nightmare. If you have some wild paint, consider taking it down to a neutral palate. Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter or Edgecomb Gray are great neutral colors. Keeping your space down to only one or two colors will also make the space feel much bigger.
REMOVE ALL TRACES OF PETS
This will be tough for us but it’s certainly true. You need to remove all traces of pets. Not everyone likes animals and for some people it is a complete turn off. Make sure your carpets are cleaned, toys and paraphernalia are removed and you have great candles or air fresheners flowing. Right now I am loving this scent from Bath & Body Works. Plug them in a discreet location and voila.
First impressions are important, especially when it comes to your curb appeal. Make sure you take the time to clean up your front and back yard. If you don’t know how (like us), hire someone. This could make or break a sale, and landscape help can be pretty cost effective in any city.
LEAVE SOME TREATS
If you have a day full of showings, leave some water or fresh baked cookies. If it’s a hot day, this could really be appreciated (and a way to make your home more memorable).