When it comes time to sell your home your real estate agent will, want to schedule an open house. On the day this happens it will be your job to ensure your home feels as inviting and welcoming as possible.
Below are some of the ways you work to can accomplish that.
Decluttering is key
When a room is packed with furniture or storage items it can make the room feel cluttered and small. If there are things you’ve been meaning to get rid of, now is a great time to do it. Places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army may even be able to come to your home to pick up donation items. If your rooms are a bit cluttered but you just can’t part with what’s there, consider storing items in the garage during the open house.
Consider a fresh coat of paint
Homebuyers agree that rooms that are painted with dark colors feel smaller and more constricted that rooms that are airy and bright. If you have one or more rooms that have a dark-shade color palate, there may be some value in repainting them with light, neutral colors. This can help make the space feel larger than it actually is.
Open your blinds
Natural light is essential to making a home feel inviting. If your blinds are closed and the shades are drawn, you’ll be less likely to attract buyers. Opening blinds can also be a great way to show off the views you have from a given room.
If your blinds are old, discolored and/or missing a slat or two, you may want to look into having them replaced.
Clean, dust and vacuum
This may seem like an obvious point, but this is something that’s worth mentioning, especially since you’ll want to put your home’s best foot forward. If you have tables that are filled with magazines, TV remotes and nicnacks, you’ll want to consider removing and storing those items during your open house. Dust, vacuum and clean. Make sure kids’ toys are put away and that the beds are made.
Don’t forget to make the outside of your home presentable
Clean and declutter porches and decks, replace light fixtures and wash your windows. You may also want to consider having your gutters cleaned in addition to having a roofing company fix broken or missing shingles in advance of the big day. Does your home need a fresh coat of paint, or does your vinyl siding need to be power washed? If so, you may want to schedule that in advance of the open house.
Remember, the improvements you make to your home while you’re preparing to sell it are tax deductible. Not only will improvements help your home sell faster, they can also help you sell your home at a higher price.