When I meet a client in their home for the first time before listing their property for sale, I am often asked what they can do to increase their chances of selling at the highest price. My number one answer is always, “staging”—decluttering to the extent that it looks more like a model home than one you actually live in.
- Paint – a fresh coat of paint in a modern, updated color not only cleans up the home considerably, but also makes your professional photos pop. It makes the home smell new, too!
- Carpet and flooring – if your flooring is old, tired and worn, replacing it might be in order, especially if the color is outdated. Coordinate the colors with your new paint and instantly modernize your home (and this also adds to the “new home smell!”).
- Lighting and fixtures – if you shop sales well, lighting and fixtures can also be relatively inexpensive and can instantly give your home a face lift. Brass and glass is out—if that’s what you have, consider replacing it with something more up-to-date.
- Cabinets and hardware – if your kitchen and bathroom cabinets are obviously dated, consider giving them a coat of paint and new hardware. More elbow grease than money, but a big impression!
- Curb appeal – this can potentially cost you nothing, but first impressions are golden! Get out in the yard and make sure your lawn is weed-free and edged, beds are raked smooth (and add new bark if necessary), driveway and walkways are power-washed and clean, gutters and front door are clean and fresh (by painting if necessary), and add a little color, even if it’s some pretty pots that you get to take with you after you move. You want buyers to love the outside so much that they can’t wait to see the inside.
Even if you don’t plan on moving, take a look around your home. With a few small improvements, would you enjoy living there just a bit more? Then go for it! If you would like my “expert” opinion, I’m happy to come and help you with that.