Begin with the outside of your home, better known as your curb appeal. Look at the exterior of your house from the view of a passerby. What jumps out at you? What would've-been-eye-catching features seem to fade into the background?
Knowing this helps us to choose what plan of action we can use to attract buyers from the street and into your home. If your home's exterior isn't inviting with retouched paint and colorful greenery it's time to get those things done. Refer to the Curb Appeal Checklist and boost your home's final selling price.
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Make yourself at home...
Could a buyer picture themselves hanging out in your living room, unwinding in your master bedroom or studying in your home office? I want your Open House to welcome buyers and offer them a sense of easy living. I'll help you achieve this by recommending changes that highlight your house's features.
I'll suggest that you put in storage things that give the illusion of clutter. Tabletops should be neatly arranged. Brick-a-brack, sentimental items, family photos, and kids' works of art should get moved out of sight. You need to "de-personalize" the home so buyers can envision it as their new house.
Every area gets a once-over. I'll point out the pieces of furniture that should be rearranged, rooms that need new paint, rugs needing to be changed, fixtures that need shining, and any other improvement that can inexpensively be made to positively impact the sale.
Working together, we'll make sure your home is neutral and that it's friendly, steering clear of "offensive" or "too-bright" colors on the walls and furniture. And if you've already moved out, you can consider borrowing furniture. The goal is for your home to look inviting as opposed to barren.
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Setting the Stage
During your Open House, we want to engage the buyer's senses.
Brightening up your interior is of major importance, so we'll do things like open curtains and change light bulbs where needed to welcome the buyer. Together we'll enhance the ambiance with enjoyable music playing softly and make sure a nice aroma flows from every area. We'll add cozy-looking throws, and place pillows on your chairs and bed. We want buyers to feel like your current home is their future home.