Begin with the exterior of your house, also called your curb appeal. Look at the exterior of your home from the view of a passerby. What jumps out at you? What would've-been-eye-catching characteristics seem hidden?
Acknowledging this helps us to choose what plan of action we can use to entice buyers from the street and into your home. If your home's exterior isn't as neat as possible with refreshed paint and blooming greenery it's time to get those things done. Follow the Curb Appeal Checklist and increase your home's final selling price.
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Can buyers see themselves watching a movie in your living area, reading a good book in your spa tub or inviting family and friends over for a dinner in your dining room? We want your house to pleasantly accept buyers and offer them a sense of ease. We'll help you achieve this by recommending small improvements that highlight your home's features.
I'll help you put out of sight anything that gives the illusion of clutter. Surface areas like tables, desks and counters should be free and clear. Kitschy sculptures, sentimental items, family photos, and kids' works of art should get moved out of sight. We need to "neutralize" the home so buyers can see it as their new place.
I'll look over each room of your home. We'll point out the pieces of furniture that should be removed, rooms that need a fresh coat of paint, rugs needing to get changed, fixtures that could use brightening, and any other improvement that can quickly be made to positively impact the sale.
I'll make sure that your home is neutral and that it's friendly, avoiding "offensive" or "can't-work-with" shades on the walls and furniture. And if the house is empty, you can consider borrowing furniture. You want your place to look lived in as opposed to abandoned.
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Setting the Stage
At every showing, we want to capture buyers' attention. To counteract darkness is critical and we'll part the curtains, and change light bulbs where needed to invite the buyer inside. We'll enhance the air of the house with enjoyable music playing softly and ensure a pleasing scent flows room-to-room. We'll include cozy-looking blankets, and place pillows on your chairs and bedding. Buyers should feel like your current place is their future home.