"How to Maximize the Interior Appeal of your Home for the Market"
Give your home that enhanced appearance that makes everyone feel invited:
1. The first consideration in preparing a home for sale is to make certain every room is thoroughly cleaned and without clutter. This provides a spacious feeling and is more appealing. Crowded rooms can make buyers presume your home is too small; so, remove furniture if necessary to create a sleeker more spacious appearance.
2. In some cases a professional cleaning service may be of help. Once to assist you with a thorough cleaning and then while on the market every few weeks just to help with appearances and keeping up with the traffic.
3. Kitchen counters, closets and storage areas should have items removed and packaged away to make the rooms more inviting. The more spacious the kitchen countertops and shelves appear, the more it appears there is room for the buyer's items. If you really are planning a move, start packing up your personal items like photos, nick nacks and wall hanging. For some items a garage sale may be in order. Removal of some wall hangings may reveal the need for touch up painting or a fresh coat of paint (especially in neutral tones).
4. Speaking of painting, if you have any dingy, personalized color selections or soiled walls; have them painted off-white or a light beige color also.
5. Carpeting should appear fresh and totally clean. It may require a carpet replacement or at least a professional cleaning.
6. Repair cracks, holes or damaged plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles. This can seem tedious, but overall appeal is essential.
7. Windowpanes should be clean and free of cracked/broken panes. Inspect your moldings and other woodwork; repair as needed. Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling, and alarm systems.
8. Dripping faucets and showerheads are an instant give away that something needs repaired. Buyers can be turned off by the simplest items needing attention. Make certain these small items do not distract from your nice home.
9. New towels for the kitchen and bathroom should be displayed and accent the rooms nicely. Even newly opened soap with a nice fragrance can add appeal to the bath and laundry rooms.
10. The kitchen is a major area of concern, some times a simple touchup such as new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of neutral paint can really impress rather than distract a buyer considering a purchase.
11. Take a good look at the outside of your home also, look at all sides and determine what might help to make it have that "drive up likeable appearance."
12. Remember: First Impressions here are lasting. Once a buyer(s) checks a home off their list, it is difficult to get them back to consider your home once again.
13. Prepare your home well to make the best of impressions and have it ready for the guests the buyers will be on their visit.