As you know, I am trying to sell my home right now. Where I live the market is very poor and the local economy is bad. Home sales seem to be few and far between. It has become more difficult to secure a mortgage as well as banks are much more cautious than ever. So…in light of this reality, it is of utmost important to properly stage your home when for sale. I actually enjoy real estate and have toyed with the idea of becoming licensed and becoming a realtor I like it so much. I enjoy staging my home when people are coming through for a showing and I have learned many tips and tricks to help with this. The goal is for your home to be asthetically pleasing and warm. A person wants to walk into a home that is clean, neat and one they could imagine living in. The sights, sounds and smells of a home are highly important. Your curb appeal is not to be underestimated. How a home presents at first glance is vital. Is the lawn cut, the flower beds tended to and the home appear maintained? Sidewalks should be free and clear and all toys and things should be kept out of sight – clean up your yard as well as your kids toys. How a home looks on the outside says to buyers that it is likely kept the same way inside. Trust me. I am also in the market to buy and this says a lot to me. Also, mind your entryway – is it welcoming? Use decor to make it warm and inviting – mums and pumpkins will do the trick right now. The initial impression is key. People make judgements within seconds. If you want to make a good impression, you have to work to make the first impression appealing. Smells are important – I think opening the door to the smell of a candle, scented warmers or freshly baked cookies is welcoming. Your home should be clean and organized. Emphasis should be upon its best features. For example, my bluestone fireplace is a great selling feature.
I emphasize it and draw attention to it with pretty decoration and when the season allows, by putting in a fire. I also wax my floors and shine them up as my laminate floors are new and a feature I choose to emphasize. It is important that the sink is not full of dishes and the rugs are vaccummed. Beds should be made and showers scrubbed.
You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It is also nice to place some freshly-baked cookies out for guests and to display fresh flowers. I always make cookies or a goodie the day of a showing and leave a welcoming note for potential buyers. It looks something like this: