Begin with the outside of your house, better known as your curb appeal. Look at the outside of your house from a street perspective. What do you notice first? What would've-been-eye-catching characteristics seem to fade into the background?
Acknowledging this assists us in determining what plan of action we can use to invite buyers from the street and into your home. If your home isn't pretty on the outside with touched up paint and blooming garden plants it's time to get those things done. Follow the Curb Appeal Checklist and add dollars to your home's final selling price.
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"Welcome to your new home!"
Does your home seem to say, "Hello From Your New Welcome Home" to a buyer? Looking through your house with a buyer's eye, I'll suggest fixes that build up Open House appeal.
I'll suggest that you get rid of anything that gives the illusion of clutter. Counter tops should be cleared off. Kitschy sculptures, sentimental items, family photos, and kids' drawings should get stored away too. You need to "generalize" the home so buyers can imagine it as their new home.
I'll review every room of your home. I'll point out the pieces of furniture that should be removed, rooms that need a fresh coat of paint, rugs needing to be changed, fixtures that need shining, and any other improvement that can inexpensively be made to positively affect the sale.
I'll make sure your home has mass appeal and that it's comfortable, staying away from "offensive" or "too-bright" colors on the walls and furniture. And if the house is empty, you can consider borrowing furnishings. You want your house to look inviting as opposed to cold and empty.
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Setting the Stage
At your Open House, we want to engage the buyer's senses.
Brightening up your interior is of major importance, so we'll do things like part the curtains and create light where needed to show off your property. Together we'll enhance the ambiance with enjoyable music playing lightly and ensure a delightful fragrance flows room-to-room. We'll include cozy-looking throws, and pillows on your chairs and bed. We want buyers to feel like your current house is their future home.