Statistically 49% of buyers are influenced in their decision based on whether or not a home is staged for sale or not according to buyers agents and the National Association of Realtors. We offer a complimentary walkthrough with our personal staging expert as apart of our services!
Here are some tips to getting your home prepped for sale:
Paint- a fresh coat of paint makes a huge difference! neutral colors are always a good choice, off whites, light blues and green etc. You would be surprised how much a fresh coat of paint will brighten up the interior. Painting the exterior can be costly, so you may want to paint your front door over and give the home some curb appeal, a high gloss will give an extra shine to the front door and give your buyers a good first impression. Kitchens and bathroom’s sell homes, so instead of replacing tile work in the kitchen or bathroom you may want to consider using some ceramic epoxy.
Declutter- You want to allow a purchaser to envision themselves living in the home, therefore remove any personal belonging such as family photos, refrigerator magnets, and any other Knick knacks that can be stored away. Less is more, and you want to open the space so a prospective buyer can visualize their own unique wants.
Light- Allowing adequate light into your home is very important and your home shows much better when the sun can do its job and brighten the space. You want to make sure that all windows are thoroughly cleaned and the blinds are opened to allow as much natural light as possible to come in.
Odors- You may not realize it, but almost every home has a unique scent, especially if you have pets. Before you go to market and while showing the home, make sure your home ventilates properly by opening the windows and leaving them open for 24 hours, their are also many non scented odor eliminators that you can place around the home, be careful to not overdo any deodorizer you spray if you choose to do so, and no funky flavors, use typical air fresheners.
Kitchen and Bath- If your budget allows, updating the kitchen and bathrooms will be money well spent. Stainless steel appliances can be purchased used for bargain prices, and re-tiling the backsplash and bathroom can go along way, just make sure if you decide to renovate, that you commit, it does not make sense to have outdated cabinets and countertops and stainless steel appliances, and in the bathroom it does not make sense to re-tile if you are not going to replace an old vanity. Kitchen and Bathroom are good places to see a return on investment.
Spruce Up- If your budget is tight, some Murphys oil to the flooring can go a long way if you have wood floors, if you have carpeting be sure to have it professionally steam cleaned. Check the tile work in your bathroom for any grout or caulking that needs to be replaced, buyers notice these things!
Curb Appeal- You don’t get a second chance to give the buyer a first impression, so make sure your lawn and shrubbery is well maintained and put some potted plants on the porch in front of the door, as stated above, remember high glosses for front doors for an extra shine.
Define the room- If you have nooks or extra rooms it is important to give it a purpose and define it for the buyer, and extra room can be staged as an office, library, or sitting room.
We hope this information was useful, and if your thinking about buying or selling in the Westchester area, keep us in mind!
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Bronxville NY 10708