What’s wrong with this picture?? If you are selling your house, two things for sure!
First of all, and I can’t emphasize this enough, you must hire a professional if you are serious about selling your home. The chances are slim to none that the future owner of your home will not be online house-stalking before they actually pick the homes they want to see. If they don’t like how your home looks online, you may miss a potential sale!!
Second, staging is imperative to get top dollar. It doesn’t have to take long, and it doesn’t have to cost much! For example, let’s take the master bathroom – here are a few quick things you can do to get this room ready for photos:
Can you believe the difference that paint made in this kitchen!!?? The owners of this home are gearing up to sell and painting the cabinets is one of the suggestions I made. I think the white cabinets (actually, they are a very light grey) make the stainless appliances and cool light fixtures stand out even more. As a seller, you want buyers to notice all the nice improvements you have made, and in this case the color really helps draw your eye to the appliances. The owner commented that she also thinks it shows off the number of cabinets she has more than the original brown. I am super impressed with this mini face lift and I know it will translate into a higher offer!!
If you are thinking about selling your home and you think your kitchen might need some love, shoot me a message. I would be happy to help you decide if the project you have in mind will pay off.
I can also help you select a color and find a painter...my favorite part!
Need more inspiration? Here is a cool slide show showcasing painted cabinets
In my experience as a real estate broker, when a home is neat and tidy, there are MANY advantages for the seller. Buyers want the feeling that a new home brings new, organized habits and spaces.
Potential buyers want to envision a cleaner, more streamlined household, according to Jerry Stockwell, a senior Vice President with Stribling & Associates in Manhattan. In a recent article he further explained that buyers want the feeling that life will be better in a new home. That is an important perspective to consider.
Sellers can organize their spaces as they prepare to sell to help their potential buyers envision an organized life in their new home.
Sellers also benefit from the organization and purging of some especially troubling areas like the junk drawers and the pantry.
Here are two decluttering projects I recently took on in my own home... remember, we just moved into this new home in the last year, and I am already talking about decluttering. It happens fast!
FIRST PROJECT: The junk drawer. I can't the stress of a messy junk drawer where I can't find what I need so I tamed mine by getting a divider.
NPR did a great piece on "What your Junk Drawer Reveals About You". Click on the link to read the article, and find my favorite quote from it below.
"Various places on the Internet, such as The Junk Drawer Project and House Beautiful, showcase people's messes and miscellanies. We found a few images of junk drawers on Flickr. And if you don't have enough junk of your own, you can purchase a Junk Drawer Starter Kit on Ebay."
SECOND PROJECT: The pantry. We have a walk-in pantry which quickly got out of control. With some different style bins and containers we created a more appealing and organized space. Check it out!
And I warn you not to check out this search of pantries on Pinterest. Fine. Don't say I didn't warn you.
As a seller, why do this?
1) The photographs will entice more people to look at your home. Better pictures = more traffic = more opportunities for an offer.
2) Short on space? Buyers will be able to see the space you have clearly and your home will appear more spacious.
3) You will have less to move and packing will be quicker since you have already cleaned out the clutter.