When your home is on the market but you are still living there, you can’t very well make it a model show home. Still, there are a few things you should think about putting in storage while your home is for sale in order to make it as appealing as possible to buyers. Here are the top five things you should consider putting out of sight.
Excess Family Photos
Buyers want to picture themselves in the house, and a slew of family photos hung all over the place can make that difficult. If all they can see is you and your family, they won’t be able to easily envision their own family there.
Your Liquor Cabinet
A nice wine rack or a few bottles displayed near the wet bar are fine, but if you keep a lot of liquor in the house put it somewhere out of sight. While it may seem illogical, buyers who share different lifestyle views might be put off by it.
Your Pet’s Toys
Chewed up tennis balls, smelly stuffed animals, and half-digested bones are part of life with a dog, but people coming to see your house will find it unattractive. It will also tell them your pet has the run of the house, and they will wonder what damage might have been done.
Signs Of Repairs
Put away the plunger and similar items when you are selling. It will prevent buyers from wondering if something is wrong with the plumbing, even if you only keep it around as a precaution.
Anything That Clutters A Room
So the extra bedroom is used as an office/exercise room/guest bedroom? Versatility is great, but all that stuff in there will just look like there isn’t enough space in the house for everything you—or a buyer—needs. Get rid of the exercise equipment and the desk, and leave the guest bed. Extra bedrooms are more of a selling point than an office or exercise room.
It might be annoying to have to put some of your personal items away while you sell your home, but it can mean a faster sale and a larger profit. Buyers need to see a home as a place where they can live, not the place where you live.by homeandstagers.com with 1 comment
-An Unkempt Lawn
-Chipping or Peeling Paint
-Worn or Dirty Carpets and Flooring
-Poor Housekeeping—Dust, Stains, and Dirt
-Junk, Clutter, and Disorganization
-Unpleasant Odors—Pets, Tobacco, and Garbage
-Unusual or Odd Paint Colorsby homeandstagers.com with 1 comment
Assess your skills: Make sure that you carefully consider which projects you are fully capable of completing. For example, unless you have sufficient experience with electrical, plumbing or construction work, you should probably leave those tasks to the professionals.
Establish priorities: Which projects are most important to you? Which projects will be the most costly? Which is more important: timeliness, quality or cost? Before beginning any do-it-yourself project, it is always wise to determine specific goals and priorities so that you are fully prepared when it comes time to begin.
Create a budget: For each project that you want to complete, make certain that you have a firm budget in place. Allowing for unexpected circumstances (such as errors or the need for additional materials) in your budget will keep you from overspending.
One step at a time: When it’s time to begin, remember to pace yourself! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your new garden terrace will take time as well. Complete one task at a time, and soon you’ll feel the wonderful sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that doing-it-yourself can bring!by homeandstagers.com with no comments yet
Fill a screw hole that has become too big for the screw. Stuff the hole with steel wool and re-insert the screw. Make an instant pincushion. Stuff an old sock with steel wool and tie tightly for a pincushion that will keep pins and needles rust free. Repel kitchen pests, by placing steel wool around the pipes under the sink.
You can use nail polish remover to:
Remove sticker residue from glass objects. Unstick your fingers after a superglue mishap. Remove marker and ink from appliances, glass, and stainless steel.
You can use olive oil to:
Revitalize leather shoes and baseball gloves. Clean greasy hands. Repel moles in the yard. Soak a cloth in olive oil and stuff it into the mole hole. Moles hate olive oil!
You can use cola to:
Remove grease stains from the garage floor. Clear a sluggish drain. Loosen a bolt that is rusted on. Remove stubborn stains from the toilet. Pour in the cola and wait one hour before scrubbing.by homeandstagers.com with 1 comment
Many buyers love to see home offices in the homes they view. This is because over 50% of homeowners have a home office. Many homeowners actually work out of their home so when they are looking for a home to purchase the presence of a quiet and secluded home office or den is always a plus.
If you have to work in your office while selling your house then start by organizing your desk and boxing up files you will not be using in the next 4 months. This will help clear your drawers and use them for the files and accessories you would normally keep handy on your desk.
Clearing off your desk of everything but your computer monitor and lamp is a great way to look organized and spacious.
A great deal of attention is placed on the interior of a home when it comes to home staging. But think of the first thing a buyer will see as they drive up your street searching for your address. Will what they see get them excited about the tour? Or will they be tempted to drive by and cancel the appointment?
There’s a lot more to curb appeal than cutting the grass. Some studies show that landscaping can increase the value of a home by as much as 20%. Other feature enhancers, such as lighting and paint, can add value and appeal.
Here are some tips….
Home Staging: Curb Appeal—Make The Best First Impression!
Manicure the yard.
Clean the windows, doors, and front entry.
Plant flowers—tastefully, and abundantly!
Pressure clean the exterior.
Enhance and beautify with lighting.
Reseal the driveways.
Paint your house.
Focus on the front door.
Don’t forget the shutters.
This first impression is all-important because it sets the tone for the way the buyer
will view the rest of the house. Within fifteen seconds the buyer will develop an attitude toward your house, either positive or negative that they will be looking to reinforce throughout the rest of the home tour.
The curb appeal is the buyers “first view” of the outside of the house, while the entry
is the buyers first impression of the inside of the house, so BOTH first impressions are critical.
Bathrooms are among the four most critical deciding factors for buyers today. Unfortunately, because of their functionality they usually leave a lot to be desired. It’s very easy for a bathroom to appear cramped and out of date. It’s also very easy to update and change the look of a bathroom without a lot of money. Bathrooms need to convey the luxury of a spa like feel…
You can do so much to decorate a bathroom in such a way that spells luxury without having to spend the money on a remodel. Using key accessories, a new bath curtain, fluffy, new bath towels and some creativity you can focus the attention on the positive aspects while de-emphasizing the negative:
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