Windy City Guide.com
Apr 4, 2006, 14:24
Tips to Ensure Your Home Sells at the Right Price
Stage your Home for
Whether you are looking to sell your home now or in the near
future you need consider how your home appears to potential buyers. “Image is
everything,” said Jo Lay, SCRP, Vice President of Relocation Services at Coldwell
Banker Residential Brokerage. “To help create a positive image, you should
stage your home for success.” Staging a home is creating a flow in a home by
eliminating clutter, rearranging furniture and organizing a space. This process
can make your home more desirable. “Often, just by making small changes, you
can drastically improve your home’s image,” said Lay.
Here are a few tips on how to create a welcoming environment
for you and potential buyers:
Create curb appeal.
Making sure the outside of your home is attractive is the first step in enticing
buyers to look at the inside. Create a charming outward appearance by
refreshing the landscaping. Prune bushes and shrubs, mow the lawn, pull weeds,
and add flowers at the entrance of your home. Also, give the front door and shutters
a fresh coat of paint.
Clear the clutter.
While it may be hard to admit, almost everyone has too much stuff. Begin
cleaning and clearing one room at a time. Really think about what you want to
keep and why. You may have to review the same space a few times to truly declutter
the room. Donate items you haven’t used in over a year to a local charity. Place
things you simply can’t part with in storage.
Think open spaces.
Make sure you have clear paths into each room. Remove any items that give the
appearance of a crowded room. Buyers should be able walk freely through every
room in the house. Less is definitely more.
Let there be light.
Natural light gives the interior of your home a bright, cheerful feel. Leave
shades open, clean the windows and move any furniture that may be blocking the
Pay attention to the
kitchen and bathroom(s). Take down magnets and school papers from the
refrigerator, clean major appliances, clear off your countertops and put away
any other personal items before prospective buyers visit.
Stop and smell the flowers. Adding fresh flowers will brighten up
any room and add life to your decor. To keep the costs down incorporate flowers
that have blooms which last at least week or use potted plants. Also consider
using seasonal plants, such as mums in the fall, holly during the winter, or
tulips in the spring.
Keep it clean. A
clean home will give the impression of more space as well as show that your
home is well cared after. Clean every part of each room including floors,
appliances, closets, windows, everything! You can begin by hiring a
professional cleaning service and then spend a little time each day to maintain
order and cleanliness. In addition, remove any offensive odors. Open the
windows to bring fresh air in the house and use air-neutralizing spray wherever
Fix it now.
Repair minor problems throughout the house, such as torn screens and leaky
faucets. You don’t want potential buyers remembering the things that need fixed
rather than the beauty of the home.
Look through your
buyer’s eyes. You have an emotional attachment to your home. A Realtor® and
home stager will offer you third party insight in how to improve the look of
your home and catch things that you may miss.
Editor’s note: Jo
Lay, SCRP is the Vice President of Relocation Services at
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For information on Coldwell Banker’s
unique relocation services call 800-688-4518. For information on Coldwell
Banker’s flexible nationwide mortgage programs call 877-785-7578.
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