Being intentional about how you stage your home for showings can help speed up the selling process. Here are some affordable steps you can take before putting your home on the market to make sure your house shows well both in person and in online photos (because we all know people love to creep on a house online first!):
Fresh coats of paint are the easiest and most affordable ways to spruce up your home before putting it on the market. Stick to more soft, neutral colors to improve the look and feel of the rooms.
Improve curb appeal
Improve the curb appeal with some fresh landscaping and fresh paint. First impressions are important! Trim the shrubs, get rid of the weeds, put a fresh paint on the front door, and throw some flowers in those planters to really up your curb-appeal game and make potential buyers fall in love with the house…before even stepping foot inside.
Declutter! Declutter! Declutter! Your house will show better without all of your ~stuff~ sitting around in it. Clean out those closets, get rid of that extra chair that you threw in the guest room because you didn’t have anywhere else to put it, clear off the counter tops. You don’t need to make your house look like no one is living there, but you should try to prune anything that may distract the buyers from seeing what they’d actually be getting if they bought your house.
Give the house a deep clean
Give your home a deep clean. If you have pets, it may be worth keeping carpets and furniture cleaned. If the first thing a buyer notices as they walk into your home is that it smells like dogs, it could turn them off and not allow them to see past that for the rest of the showing (no matter how cute your pups are!). Give the house a deep clean and then keep it up until the house sells. It’ll pay off in the end!
Let potential buyers see themselves living in the house
The goal of showing your home to prospective buyers is to allow them to see themselves living in the house. Taking down pictures of your family, the pets, kids artwork, etc. will help the buyers attention go to the actual home, and not the photos hung all over the walls. Leave decorative artwork up, but the family vacation photos should probably get packed up early to be moved to your family’s next dream home.