You always want to make the best first impression possible in life. Whether that be when going to an interview, going on a first date, or meeting your girlfriend’s parents. The same goes for when you are setting your home up to be viewed by a potential home buyer! When someone walks into your house, they will get a vision if it is a home they can see themselves in or not. The first initial impression you give potential buyers will make or break that vision for them. So be sure to set your home up to appeal to the majority of people… Here are some suggestions to ensure your house feels like home to the people who come to view it!
- Do some tidying up: The less, the better! Having your home free of clutter and unnecessary objects will make the space feel more inviting. If you can donate, sell, or put away extra items in storage… You will be able to have more area to show with less clutter!
- Clean, clean, clean: This is pretty self-explanatory, I know. But, deep cleaning your home to make it as perfect as possible will serve you in the long run. So sweep the floors, mop, dust, clean the toilets, spray some Windex on those windows, and put the dishes away! Also, be sure to go light on the chemicals. No one likes the smell of bleach anyways, but it could also seem like you’re covering up something.
- Repairs: If you have a doorknob that needs to be replaced or a hole to patch in the wall, do so now! Those small yet mundane tasks will stick out to potential buyers. You might as well do what you can to not have any odds against you!
- Paint the walls: If you need to, go ahead and paint the walls! Especially if there are any missing spots or chips that need to be covered. Those little things will again stand out to buyers when they come to view your home. Also note, neutral shades tend to be liked by the majority of people. So do away with the bright red walls if you can!
- Lighting: Replace old bulbs and leave all of the lights on for the viewing. You want them to come into a welcoming environment where it is bright and inviting! Another lighting tip, open the blinds! Natural light is a huge plus when it comes to home buying.
- Bedrooms: Tell your kids to make their beds and then go make it for them again! Having beds that look presentable and clean will tie the rooms together! Pick up the toys too! The decluttering goes for the bedrooms as well as the rest of the house alike.
- Smell: You don’t want to be overpowering with this. If you make the smell obvious, it could potentially be seen as if you’re covering up for something such as pet odor/pee. Take out the trash and avoid cooking strong-smelling foods. Have some nice smelling wall plugins, fresh flowers in some rooms, or spray a bit of Febreez around your home. Be sure to not overdo it!
- Pets: Speaking of smell… MAYBE it’s best to bring the doggies with you when buyers come to view the house. You may love your animals, but they may not! You want to create a relaxing environment without dogs barking or running around.
- Curb Appeal: I have another blog listing ways to update your home’s curb appeal that you can go check out for this specific suggestion! I dive into ways to update the outside of your home with simple and inexpensive alternatives. The outside of your home is just as important as the inside of it. So mow the lawn, pick the weeds, water the plants, and decorate the porch to be more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
- Personal Items: You will want to remove some of your personal items, such as pictures or personalized decor. You want the potential buyers to be able to see themselves living in the space. The less you have on the walls, the bigger the room will feel too!
- Rearrange Furniture: By rearranging your furniture, you can utilize as much space as possible. You want them to see how much area they have, not how little. So maximize that by changing around your layout!
Remember to do a thorough walkthrough before you leave! You don’t want to forget to turn on the lights or have a dirty toilet. Be observant, make a checklist of what needs to be done even! You’ve spent a lot of time making your house a home for you; now it’s time to make it a home for someone else. Good luck!