When you see it for the first time and know it’s “the one,” it’s like love at first sight. However, many homes lack in the first impression department, specifically because it hasn’t been staged right to attract its next owner.
Here are some of Kim’s tips to make a great first impression of your home.
- Hire a professional photographer
Have you ever been looking at homes online, and come across listings with blurry cell phone pictures, and immediately became less interested (excited?)? This is a huge turn off for potential buyers because they can’t get a sense of what the home really looks and feels like. Professional photographers know how to capture the essence of the home through superior lighting and understanding which angles best flatter a room. These skills allow them to make a two dimensional space look realistic and inviting. Most people these days start their home search online, so catch them from the get go!
2. Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal!
This is where buyers get their true first impression. If the siding is dirty, the shutters are broken, and the plants are half dead, they might not even bother going any further to see the inside. Make sure your landscaping is fresh, your flowers are popping with color, and even consider throwing a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Be sure to put those trash cans away too. A little goes a long way!
3. Allow potential buyers envision themselves living in your home
The most important rooms to stage are the first floor public spaces - kitchen, foyer, living room, powder room, etc. Open all of the doors throughout the home to give an open feeling and allow the buyer to experience the flow of the house from room to room.
You want buyers to be able to see themselves in your home. You can increase this by decluttering and putting away personal items. We recommend clearing kitchen countertops of toasters, microwaves, coffee pots, etc. Clear the outside of the refrigerator of papers, photos, etc. Conceal the trash and garbage. Empty the sink and put the soap and sponge away. Clearing these things will make the space appear cleaner and more spacious.
Make sure the master suite is clean and gives the essence of luxury. Make and turn down the bed, and even add some throw pillows. Put clean fluffy towels and a light a candle in the bathroom. Clear out the shower of all soaps and shampoos, and store away toothbrushes and toothpastes.
These are just a few simple steps you can take to give your home the best first impression it can. If you are interested in selling your home and hearing more staging tips from Kim, contact us today and we will help you get the most money for your home! 508 808 1149, Kim.Foemmel@gmail.com