Spring is a popular time of year for homeowners to list their properties for sale! There is a lot you can do to help your home stand out in the sea of spring and summer listings. Today we’re sharing just a few ways you can step up your listing and earn top dollar for your beloved home!
Focus on design details
Walk around your home and notice how it flows. Does it feel cohesive? Open? What design features about your home can be highlighted? Every home has unique flare - both in the architecture and in the design choices. Accentuate the features that make your home special! Sometimes that means moving furniture around to create a more open layout. Or giving more attention to your landscape design. And if you have young children, sometimes that means keeping the extra kid paraphernalia hidden away so families of any age and stage can picture themselves in your space! If you feel like your space is dreary or unexciting, consider freshening it up with some new throw pillows, a coat of paint in a dull room, or a top layer of mulch in your flower beds. These little touch-ups will go a long way in the way your home is presented!
This hopefully goes without saying, but a clean home will have much more successful showings than a dirty or unkempt home. Keeping a home clean for showings can be very challenging, especially if you have children. But it’s worth every bit of effort! From the time you know you’ll be listing your home, start slowly decluttering and deep cleaning each area of your home. You want potential buyers to know there is sufficient (and even extra) storage space for their belongings. If they peak into closets that are disorganized and overly full, they may wonder if your home provides enough storage. Of course basic cleaning is a must, but also make a list of deep cleaning projects that you can check off - maybe even just one per day! Things like dusted blinds, wiped down walls, pressure washed sidewalks, and shiny light fixtures will make your home bright and fresh! Right before showings, consider using an essential oil diffuser or candles to welcome potential buyers!
Appeal to a wide market
The choices you make about your home’s design need to appeal to a wide audience. You want everyone who walks through your door to be able to picture themselves in your space! Using mostly neutral paint tones throughout, limiting the display of personal items, and choosing decor that showcases the beautiful design elements of your home (and doesn’t detract from them) are good places to start. Super taste-specific choices may turn off potential buyers.
Showcase your home’s functionality
As already stated, you want potential buyers to be able to see themselves living in your home! One way to ensure this is to pay careful attention to your home’s functionality. How do the traffic patterns flow? Does the furniture arrangement in each room fully utilize the space? Is there too much furniture? And even though you probably don’t want people snooping around your cabinets and closets, you still want them to be ready and organized because people do look!
Touch up imperfections
Take a look around your home to catch any imperfections - chipped paint, crooked fixtures, loose door knobs, squeaky hinges - and spend a little bit of time fixing them, making your house stand out above the rest!