With 2009 just around the corner, homeowners with homes still on the market are looking for any way to sell their homes quickly and at a good price. Lisa LaPorta, designer and co-host of HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” offers some tips on selling your home. Statistics show that buyers decide within 3 minutes of walking into a home whether they like it or not. Don’t ruin that first impression!
Curb appeal is key. In the winter, make sure that driveways and walkways are clear of all snow so the buyers don’t have to trudge through 6-plus inches to make it to your front door.
In the entryway, remove all shoes, coats and clutter surrounding the front door. This is the first impression the buyer will have of your interior so make it stand out. Make sure the flooring is clean and the walls are painted a nice neutral color. Try to avoid a colored paint in this area.
As Lisa says, the kitchen can make or break the sale of your home. Investments in the kitchen will provide the most return on your investment than any other area of the house. Up-to-date appliances will show the buyers that your home has been updated and ready for buyers to move right in. If you’re going to be moving to another home, try to leave all the appliances in the home so the new buyer doesn’t have to worry about purchasing their own. Try adding new hardware to cabinets for a quick and cheap fix. And remove all clutter from the tops of your counters.
Bathrooms should be spotless. I’ve had colleagues show homes with dirty laundry on the floor, hair in the drain, and more disasters. This can be the quickest turn off during a showing. Make sure showers are clean and washed. Remove medicines, brushes, makeup, etc. from counters as well.
Bedrooms should be shown as bedrooms. If you keep desks or exercise equipment in there to conserve space, try to move this big furniture to a larger area, like a basement, or think about investing in a storage space while your home is on the market. Keeping these bulky items in bedrooms might make buyers think that the home isn’t large enough for you.
If you aren’t hiring professional stagers, here are some tips on making rooms appear larger. Move furniture away from the walls, to increase the appearance of the size of the room. Create a focal point by placing couches in front of a beautiful fireplace or large picture window.
For more of Lisa’s tips, you can read about them here.
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And have a Happy New Year!