You decided to sell your home, and you can't wait to buy a new place. There's just one thing standing in your way: You've got to close the deal on your current one first. You just hope it doesn't take all summer to get an offer.
1. Channel Your Inner Neat Freak
You always knew your tidying tendencies would come in handy one day. Now it's time to clutter-bust your way to buyers' hearts! Decluttering isn't rocket science—but it is the key to creating a pleasing environment. Pay particular attention to common junk magnets like:
Kitchen and bathroom counters
Laundry room shelves
No decluttering advice would be complete without a call to streamline your closets. If your closet is crowded, I'm going to think my stuff won't fit. Wow buyers by showing them how much space there is for stuff—not how much stuff there is in the space.
2. Rearrange the Furniture
Once all the clutter's out of the way, take a step back and look at the big picture. Does your home invite buyers to sit and stay a while? Can buyers flow freely through your home without bumping into things? If not, you've got work to do!
Start by putting bulky pieces in storage and moving furniture away from the walls. Many times the room is arranged so the children can play in the middle of the room or the TV can be seen easily from every chair and sofa. Buyers want to walk in and see an open—yet intimate—space that inspires conversation, not channel-surfing.
Cleaning your home for home showings is common sense. But many folks underestimate just how clean it needs to be.
This isn't your run-of-the-mill weekend tidy-up. Think of it as spring cleaning on steroids. You've got to get down to the nitty-gritty so that even the smallest details shine. From ceiling fans and window blinds to baseboards and tile grout, no surface goes unscrubbed!
4. Set the Table
Staging paints a picture for potential buyers so they can envision life in your home. You don't have to go over the top with every piece of dinnerware you own. Keep things simple by setting just two places at the table or arranging a decorative centerpiece on top of a neutral table runner. You can find loads of inspiration on Pinterest and Houzz.
5. Bring the Outside In
The great thing about summer is the world's in full bloom right outside your door. So why not take advantage of all the season has to offer?Look around your yard, and pluck decorations straight from nature. Favorite summer picks include roses, dahlias, zinnias, peonies, hydrangeas, lilies and sunflowers. If you run short on vases, display your finds in an antique pitcher or Mason jar for a touch of vintage charm.
And flowers aren't the only star in the summer garden. If you grow your own fruits and veggies, entice buyers with a bowl of fresh produce on the kitchen counter.
Author:Scott Donley Phone: 509-710-8030 Dated: June 9th 2015 Views: 415 About Scott: You work hard for your money as do I, so when making one of the biggest transactions of your life, y...
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