Life is full of unexpected events and none are as unexpected as having to move for a new job, new life partner or simply because of an unexpected opportunity. It may be nerve racking to make this shift, but it is also exciting. But what about your home? You need it to sell quickly. In fact, you may have been looking at those flyers in the neighborhood saying We Buy Houses and considering giving them a call. Before you do, why not try staging your home and having an open house to see if you get any bites? Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.
Welcome to Our Home
Start by looking at your entrance. Is the front garden cleaned, flowerbeds cleared out and are the trees trimmed? A sprucing up by the gardeners could be in order here. What about that front door and porch? A simple swapping out of the old tired doorbell, light fixture and door hardware might be just the ticket. How about a nice new welcome mat and a pot of geraniums by the front door? If there is room on the porch for a set of furniture, now would be a good time to invest in something nice but inexpensive.
A Sparkling Inside
Does the inside of your home look warm and inviting or is it dark and gloomy? Give the inside of the house a once over with a new paint job. Stick to neutral but warm colors to emphasize the rooms and not your personal taste. If you can, ditch the window treatments and let the light in. Invest in a good cleaning crew just before the open house and have them clean everything, including the windows, thoroughly. The house should sparkle when your prospective buyers walk in the door.
While most home owners know that getting rid of clutter is part of preparing a home for viewing, don’t go overboard. You want to help them see this as a home, not a model. The best way to do this is to first remove everything, then pick a few pieces to bring back. How about taking Aunt Mildred’s beautiful bowl and filling it with lemons to sit by the sink? Or take out that hand turned wooden bowl and put it on the kitchen table with some fresh fruit from the local farmer’s market.
Invest in Flowers
Fresh flowers in your favorite vase can brighten up the living room and bedrooms without making it cluttered. And don’t forget to include your dining table in this, as it can often be forgotten. A few choice pieces of pottery down the center of the table can make it look less bare but still keep the room centered. The trick is to pick out a few pieces that will show off the room and give it a lived-in look without cluttering up the lines of the room.
Go through Your Closets
We all have a tendency to stash what we don’t want out into our closets. But your visitors will be certain to open closet doors to see how big they are and try to envision their own wardrobes in them. Your best bet is to store as much as your can in temporary storage for the few weeks you are showing your home and keep the closets as clutter free as you can as well.
Follow these tips and you may find that selling that home is not as hard as your thought. Like every other adventure in life, it is all about preparation.