1. Paint your walls a warm neutral color. When I'm listing a property, one of the first things I do is walk through the property with my client and list items that need to be addressed prior to putting the property on the market. Paint is always at the top of my list because it's the least expensive way to make a big impact. When you're selling your home you have to leave behind your personal preference for paint colors and go neutral. When I say neutral I don't mean the neutral from 10 years ago, which was cream and beige. The NEW neutral is gray. While you may love your yellow French country kitchen, young hip buyers will not. They want a warm, pale gray with crisp white moldings. Here's my latest rehab project, notice the pale gray walls and crisp white wainscoting….
2. Pack up and store your personal belongings. This is usually where I get the most resistance from sellers. Let me explain....buyers have a very difficult time seeing past your personal belongings. They don't want to see your family photos because they need to imagine themselves living in the home. They don't want to see your toiletries on the bathroom vanity because it makes them think the house is messy. I know this is difficult because you still have to live in your home while you're selling it. My suggestion is to use plastic totes to store items below the vanity neatly and out of sight. Additionally you can fill large plastic totes with kids toys, winter coats, extra bedding or any other household item that you won't be using during the listing process. These items can be stored neatly in a basement or garage. The goal is to make your home look as much like a new construction show home as possible....neat, organized, stylish, and welcoming.
3. Amp up your curb appeal. My past clients will tell you that I'm a stickler for curb appeal. On more than one occasion a client has peeked out their window only to find me planting flowers or filling their window boxes. Bigger is better when it comes to curb appeal! Big pots overflowing with petunias flanking your front door is far better than a couple of puny pots with a flower or two. Don't plant one flat of pansies, plant five. Additionally, paint the front door an eye popping red and make sure the lawn is neat and tidy.
4. Change the things you hate (within reason). Make a list of the items that bother you about your home and try to change them. For example if you don't have a mud room, coats and shoes are piled at the front door, think of a creative way to change it. If it bothers you, you can be sure it will bother a buyer. Take a look at these creative ideas for adding a mud room….