We've all heard the old adage....."walk a mile in someone else's shoes", but how can that apply to getting your home ready for showing to potential buyers? Easily....you need to start thinking as a "buyer" when you're getting your home ready to put on the market, and not a seller. Here are a few tips to help you out before welcoming Cheshire Buyers to your home:
1. Have a Friend Pre-Listing Party. Yes, that's right, invite a few of your trusted friends over, crack open a bottle of wine and go room to room with a notepad. Have them objectively look at each room and give suggestions as to what they would change or would be a red flag, if they were to look at your home as a potential buyer.
2. Next, Consult a Great Real Estate Agent! Run your list of fixes, developed by your friend prelisting party, by your agent and find out which ones are worth the fix for the money, or not. He or She will also go over your Homes Worth and develop a personalized marketing plan with you.
3. De-Clutter! I know, we've said this over and over again. But it bears repeating because it's so important. Let's take a closet as an example: Taking 1/2 of your clothing off of a closet rack and shelves, then neatly organizing what is left, will make a closet look twice the size! Another area is extra furniture, which is usually shoved to the corners of the room. Instead of trying to hide it in the corners, rent a storage unit, clear out 1/2 of the furniture and stage the rest to maximize the space and shape of the room so that the room looks larger, is easy to naviage and has an open, airy feel.
4. Think Neutral. Now I'm like everyone else, I love pops of color throughout the home and I think the home feels a lot warmer and cozier with color. But if you're putting your home on the market, you need to go neutral. It is hard for a potential buyer to envision themselves in a home that has "you" written all over it. Neutral colors paint the picture of a blank canvas which gives your potential buyer the feeling that they can create their own oasis of a home.
5. Clean out your garage. We are all guilty of using the garage for storage, but trust me, your buyer wants to know that their vehicles are going to be able to fit in their garage. Again, even if you need to rent a storage unit, clear out all the boxes and seasonal supplies that are not in use. Make it spacious, clean.....and room for your vehicles.
6. Make sure Hardwood Floors are gleaming! People in general love hardwood floors, but nothing is worse than reading in a listing that a home has hardwood floors throughout and then getting to the home and finding dull and scratched hardwood that they know they'll have to spend money on refinishing! A simple soapy wash followed by a rejuvenating floor polish will do wonders to make your floors look like new....and only cost around $50!
7. Restore your natural stone, tile and grout. If your bathrooms and kitchen tiles have lost their luster you may want to look into getting them refreshed. Professional restoration services are available in most cities and are relatively cheap compared to a complete renovation, and can make your kitchens and bathrooms look brand new.
Hines Hardware has trained personnel to help you in many of the techniques to restore what you have in place in your Cheshire homes today versus having to do total renovations. Utilize their expertise to help make the preparation for your selling process go smoothly and quickly. For more information about selling or buying a home in Cheshire check out our website www.sallybowmanrealestate.com.