Updated: Jul 2, 2019
Before you put your home on the market, you want to make sure it is cleaned, staged, and ready to sell. Time invested to stage your home will help it stand out from competitors as a better value and command a higher price, typically resulting in a faster sale. Another factor to consider when it comes to selling your home is professional photography. Professional real estate photographers know how to show off a homes unique features and make it look great online, so the chances of selling at a higher price are much greater than if you were to use your smart phone or personal camera. We've put together an in-depth list of things to keep in mind when preparing your home to sell.
Your exterior is the first thing buyers see when they pull up to your home. Here are some effective ways to boost your curb appeal:
Make sure your grass is cut
Add greenery and/or flowers
Remove trashcans and recycling bins
Remove cars from the driveway
Upgrade your mailbox
Add potted plants
Remove snow from driveway/walkway
Clean deck furniture
Tidy up pillows and cushions
Clean up dog waste
Remove kid and dog toys, soccer and basketball nets
The kitchen is the hub of a home. A lot of time is spent in the kitchen and buyers want to see a clean space that is ready for them to cook their first big meal in their new home.
Clean counter top of knife blocks, baking supplies, silverware, mail, etc.
Clear refrigerator magnets, photos, papers
Remove dishes from sink
Remove rags and sponges from sink
Hide garbage cans
3. Nook/Dining Room
Nothing sounds like bonding more than a shared meal around the dining room table. Buyers want to look at this space and envision their own family and friends. The goal is to make this area as inviting yet simple as possible.
Dust table top
Remove highchairs/booster seats
Add a simple centerpiece
4. Family/Living Room
The family room is another popular room in the house so it is so important to make this space inviting. The key is for this space to be cozy, but not busy.
Remove stacks of magazines, books, papers, mail, etc.
De-clutter fireplace mantle
Arrange furniture pillows
Remove kid's toys
Turn on all lights
Even though your bedroom may be personal to you, its important that the buyer can visualize themselves in it.
Tuck in all sheets and comforters
Clear nightstands of personal items
Remove phone/computer charging cables
Remove clutter from tops of dressers
Turn on all lights
The function of this room revolves around hygiene, so its paramount to keep this room as clean as possible.
Clear all personal items from view
Clear counter tops completely
Close cabinet doors
Remove shampoo, soap, razors, etc. from bathtubs and showers
Empty garbage cans
Remove towels from back of doors
The combination of staging and professional photography will create eye catching photos that will draw in a potential buyer. 98% of buyers list real estate photography as "most important" when searching for a property. We provide free professional photography for our listings so we can be sure each and every one of our clients' homes are shown in the best light. Meet with an Arterra agent today and see how we can provide you the most effective way to market your property.