Warning! Selling your home will take a lot of work! The way you sell a home and the way you live in a home are two drastically different things. Even if you are the king or queen of neatness and organization, when you sell your home it will require a different feel and a different appearance.
Our goal is to sell your house in the least amount of time possible with the most amount of profit for you possible…in other words, minimum time and maximum dollar. The statistics are staggering…homes sell both for more and faster when they are presented correctly.
The following guidelines are very important – these are strategies we have used over the past decade to get homes sold. None of these are our “opinions”…instead, they are all time tested and proven strategies that work.
- De-personalize: Pack away any personalized items from your home. This is most commonly pictures. Pictures can alienate buyers. If you have pictures of your kids everywhere, but the buyer does not have children, it might make them feel like this is not the right house for them. Likewise with wedding photos, if the buyer is not married, they may feel alienated.
- De-clutter: In short, you want your home to look like a museum. Open spaces, easy navigation, simple surfaces. Remove and pack away nick-nacks, collectibles, and personal items you may have collected over the years.
- Kitchen: Nothing on counter tops except paper towel holder, possible bowl of lemons and limes, or flowers. We want clean, open, simple space. A stainless steel toaster oven or microwave is acceptable. Cabinets should be arranged with neatly stacked, organized dishes.
- Bathrooms: Nothing on vanities except a new bar of soap in a soap dish or bottled hand soap. No toothbrushes.
- Front / front porch: Broom swept and clear of any cob webs. Two large pots on either side of the door with colorful flowers.
- Rear / deck / patio: Clean patio furniture free of dirt, debris, cob webs. Sweep / blow off decks and patios.
- Windows: all windows cleaned inside and out – crystal clear!
- Fridge: clean it out and organize it; no leftover foods, no smells.
- Trash: make sure there are no odors from any trash can in the house.
- Living Room: arrange furniture in such a way that is open and makes sense. If the television is the focal point of the room, make sure all furniture is arranged around it. Make sure access and walk ways are easy and open. Remove magazines, remote controls, books, toys, and any other items that could potentially be a distraction.
- Garage: make sure garage is neat, clean and broom swept.
- Bedrooms: make sure all beds are made and all bedside tables are free of personal items.
- Closets: if closets are overloaded, remove the excess and store it in the basement or in the garage. Hangers should be equal-distance apartment with an inch or two between them. All hangers should be the same (preferably white plastic).
- Home Office: everything should be cleared from the desk except monitor, keyboard, mouse, lamp, etc. No paper, files, folders, books, etc.
- Dining Room: remove personal items from the dining room, clear off table, place a simple center piece in the middle (eg. Flowers, etc).
In summary, you want to de-personalize your home, make it very neat, organized, clutter free, simple, and clean. You want it to look like a museum!