Selling Your Home: Step 4

Bedrooms should be neat, clutter free, and feel like a hotel, says John Pearce, Royal LePage Atlantic

Showing Your Home
The way your home looks to prospective buyers can make a striking impression. The goal is to get buyers to feel like they can already see themselves living in your home. There are a few tricks of the trade that can help you do this:

Home staging:  Your home is ready to hit the market, so we need to set the stage to make sure your property shows its best face to buyers.

It bears repeating that your home must first be clean and fresh-smelling from top to bottom - that includes carpets and drapes, kitchen and bathroom tiles, walls, ceilings and trim.

Declutter, organize and dispose of any items in your home that make rooms feel smaller than they actually are. This is a great time to donate to charity any items that you are no longer using.
Tidy up cabinets, bookcases, closets and toys and put away personal items such as photographs, souvenirs and other memorabilia.

Make sure every room has a purpose. If your home has empty rooms, stage them with the appropriate furniture. For instance, if a spare bedroom is sitting empty or is being used as a storage room, turn it back into a bedroom. If a dining room is being used as a home office, make it a dining room again. You may be able to borrow some nice furniture from family or friends. There are even places to rent furniture for staging. Keep it simple and classic, nothing too trendy that could potentially turn off a buyer. Think of boutique hotel rooms - they have everything you need but are uncluttered, classic and sparingly decorated.

Prep for an Open House:  A successful open house is key for generating quick interest in your home. Some last minute tips? Make your rooms bright and airy by opening blinds and windows and turning on all the lights. Help the buyers imagine themselves in your home by setting the dining table or putting out some fresh flowers. Leave some refreshments out. And for your own security, make sure you store away all your valuables. As your REALTOR®, I will ask for feedback from open house visitors so you can make any necessary tweaks before the next open house or private showing.

So, the crowds are pouring in and loving your home. It won’t be long now until you get an offer…

Next Up: Receiving an Offer