Tips and tricks for showcasing your home in the best possible light.
Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty
It’s spring, and you’ve decided to put your home on the market. In part one of this series we talked about disassociating, decluttering, and depersonalizing your home as much as possible to eliminate distractions and help potential buyers envision themselves and their own belongings in the space. Continuing in that vein, what DO you do with the stuff you’ve packed up, and what comes after that?
Once you’ve decluttered and boxed up the “keep” items and called ARC (or some other charity) to come pick up the stuff you aren’t keeping, it’s best to get temporary off-site storage so you don’t have stacks of boxes around, even in the garage or basement. And while you’re on a roll with the “packing up process,” it’s best to go ahead and stage rooms with the least amount of furniture possible to give the appearance of roominess. That includes storing the shelves you’ve emptied, or the extra leaves and chairs for your dining room table.
The next step is making sure your closets, cupboards, and drawers are organized and clean – little things such as hangers faced the same direction, clothing sorted by colors or like items, linens stacked neatly (yes, you can count on prospective buyers opening doors and drawers depending upon the room) can give the appearance of being more spacious. And, while this may seem a bit on the “OCD” spectrum, the little details can make a big difference and give potential buyers the sense that you are on top of the home maintenance as well.
Best case scenario, potential buyers are able to move around the space unencumbered by stuff, and things don’t fall out of over-stuffed closets when the door is opened. It’s also a very good idea at this point to remove anything appearing to be “attached” to the home if you intend to keep it—things like built in appliances, light fixtures, or window treatments that could potentially cause a dispute between you and the buyer down the road. If it’s not there for them to see, they won’t miss it, and it won’t be a point of contention that might blow your deal.
For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.
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