Sellers have 4 main areas to focus on when prepping their homes for the market:
CURB APPEAL: this is fairly obvious, you want people to get out of their cars and into your home. Please make sure all walkways are cleared and clean, that there is inviting landscaping, that the yard is nicely trimmed and neat, and the front door literally beckons to be opened.
ENTRY/FOYER:: From the moment a buyer sets foot in the house, that person is making a judgement about if the house is better or worse than the online photos, if it’s worth they money, and if they want to explore further. Invite them to come deeper into the house with artwork and a good first impression, then continue the positive vibes as they look at the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, etc. By the time they make it to the secondary bedrooms they have probably already made up their minds about the house being worth the price or not, and whether or not they want to make an offer.
KITCHENS: Sellers should minimize the number of countertop clutter, create the feeling of plentiful work and storage space, and have clean appliances. A little bit of accessorizing in the kitchen can help a lot.
BATHROOMS: Clean and neat, please. White towels, please. No mold/mildew, no water stains, and no dirty tubs. No buyers want to take a bath or shower in the dirt left behind. Instant turn-off.
It’s really pretty easy, and yet it takes a practiced eye and hand to get it done right. And it makes all the difference.