This is always the first step when it comes to preparing your home for sale and staging your home. Excess clutter will ruin the look of an otherwise perfect property. So it is time to stow everything away or get it shipped out. Don’t be tempted to simply shove everything into cupboards and drawers, you would be surprised at how many buyers will walk straight to your storage unit in question and open the door. Neatly pack things away or throw them out.
Focus on flooring
Let’s talk about what is underneath your feet. Check for creaky floorboards(especially along the likely route buyers will take when being shown around your home) and have those fixed. Look at your carpets next. Do you have a threadbare carpet that has seen better days? Has your wooden floor been scratched down? Could the carpet benefit from a professional clean. Poorly maintained floors give properties a disheveled feel which is not conducive to quick sales or high prices. Make things right underfoot can truly make the world of difference.
Similar to flooring, walls with dirty marks or digs can really drag a property down. Thankfully, a simple coat of paint can make a huge difference, providing you choose your colours wisely. While you don’t want to remove your personality entirely, it’s vital to remember that your love of Canary Yellow may not be to everybody’s taste. So, what colours should you use? It may sound boring, but neutrals really are your best option when staging your home for sale. While the bland look won’t appeal to everyone, very few people will find it offensive.
The decluttering you’ve already done will help clear the way for prospective purchasers, but you can also alter their perception of space as well. The easiest way to do this is to add big mirrors to small rooms to give the illusion of spaciousness, but be sure to do it correctly if you want them to have the maximum effect. For example, placing a mirror directly opposite a window works great. Not only will it give the appearance of an extra window, but it’ll also maximize the amount of natural light within that room and give your buyers an outdoor view from different vantage points.
If your home is on the market in the summer, throw the windows open and let the fresh air in. Even if you are showing your property in winter, opening the window just a crack can help air a place and make it more welcoming for visitors. The same goes for interior doors. Keep them all open so that your viewers will gain confidence, as they’ll feel that nothing is being hidden from them.