Home Staging Tips
by Jennifer Shannon, Real Estate Broker
Painting your home will accomplish a few things. First, when you pick a neutral color to go throughout your home, you'll make the space flow better and give it a feel of being larger and more open. I like these from Sherwin Williams that incorporate earthy hues with a touch of grey.
Buyers will add up everything as they're walking through your home and after they get the inspection report. You'll want to make as many repairs as possible before listing so you can avoid having buyers walk away feeling overwhelmed at any work that might involved with buying your home.
You can even do a pre-listing inspection to get started on your list of things to fix. That inspection report will need to be provided to any buyers, though they will still be encouraged by their Realtor to have their own inspection done. I once showed a house that had the pre-listing inspection report printed out on the dining table and a list of all of the repairs made, showing they'd fixed everything that was an issue in the inspection report. The buyers I represented were incredibly impressed by their meticulousness that they felt that home was well kept and a sound purchase.
You're going to be moving anyway, so you might as well get started on packing up to help give your closets and cabinets the appearance of having more space. One of the things I recommend home sellers do is go walk through a new construction model home. These homes are designed in a way that anyone could see themselves living there. Furniture is not crowded, bookshelves have minimal books, every room is clean and welcoming.
SCENTS THAT MAKE SENSE
You could go with the old-fashioned advice of baking cookies in the oven before showings so the house smells good. Surprisingly though, citrus smells are most welcoming because they're clean and bright without being overwhelming. Steer clear of any strong scents like florals or overly fruity scents or anything that overpowers a room. The point of a scent is that it is light and barely noticeable.
Houzz wrote a great article that covers more things to keep in mind when getting your home ready to list: READ MORE HERE.