- Ask for help to see you home from a buyer’s point of view. Ask someone who can be objective and honest of their impression of your home. Of course a Realtor is always a good choice, but you’ll also want to review their marketing techniques to ensure they are professional, creative to ensure they will provide you with the appropriate help.
Stimulate buyers’ imagination by scenes throughout the house, such as setting the patio table with Margarita glasses or a magazine open on a lounge chair. Play soft music, invest in the new battery operated candles and leave them on, while you’re gone.
Use folded quilts, brightly-colored pillows and fresh flowers to draw attention to the positives.
Disguise unsightly views. Remove dark, heavy drapes and replace with light sheers.
Never block light, and never apologize for a bad view.
Eliminate bad orders. Breathe fresh outside air, then go indoors and hunt down offensive orders. Use spray, carpet fresheners, deodorized cat litter, cedar chips in closets, etc.
Keep front area (inside & out) clean and uncluttered. Buy a new doormat (avoid ones with cute sayings) clean brass door knockers and place potted flowers on the front porch.
Avoid eccentricities such as beads in doorways, wild posters, dark walls mirrored ceilings, etc.
Hold Garage Sales before listing your home to make certain storage areas are uncluttered and spacious. Get your Realtor® involved to begin to pre-sale your home. This is a great marketing tool.
Find the line between clutter and emptiness
Leave night lights on in bathrooms, close toilet seats and display new towels or racks.
Make the interior or your home visible from the exterior – trim large bushes, clean windows, screen doors and add lighting.
Make sure as buyers enter the home they have a good first impression
Clean out closest nearest the front entryway make them appear spacious, with empty hangers
If the home has a large tub, fill with water and float some rose pedals
Highlight the fireplace by adding color – put flowers on the mantle or hearth, or have the fire going if the weather is cool.
Set the dining room table; make it homey and appropriate for the time of day.
Make sure all windows are crystal clean.
Create extra counter space by storing appliances, dish racks and dish soap. Display an open cook book with vibrant pictures. Place/light a harvest, coffee or cookie candle in the kitchen.
Increase the wattage of the lights in the laundry room, fold and display new bright towels on the dryer.
Secure animals and place note card noting they are in the home, garage, yard, etc.
Remember, you are trying to make your home appealing to the broadest spectrum of buyers. Anything you do to accomplish this will make your home sell faster, at a higher price, then other homes on the market.
Most importantly, keep a positive attitude and remember, It’s Possible!
Kelly Turbeville is one of South Orange County premier Realtors® focusing in the Saddleback Valley and the communities of Lake Forest, Portola Hills, Foothill Ranch, Trabuco Canyon, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. Whether she’s helping a first time buyer accomplish the goal of homeownership, or coaching a homeowner on how to use their equity to step up into a nice home or use it to buy an investment property or finding exclusive properties for the high end consumer. Kelly is committed to making it happen. So if you’re considering selling or buying a home in Saddleback Valley, call Kelly to schedule a free consultation. Whatever your dream, with Kelly at your side, It’s Possible!