Bergen County NJ Real Estate Tour
Dress Your Home for Success
It's more than a
You're not selling a house ... you're selling a home. Far more than four walls and a roof, a home is a personal shelter, a haven from the pressures of the outside world, and a warm, inviting setting for family living.
Terry & Bill spend hours helping clients
stage their homes to maximum advantage. Here
are 16 Ways to "Dress your Home for Success."
2 The front door should be filled with life. Especially welcoming is a new door mat. Door hardware should be sparkling; the key should turn easily. Make sure the doorbell works.
3 What is the first thing your buyers will see and smell when they open the front door? This room, its accessories and its fragrance will be critical to your buyers' first impressions. They may not yet be consciously aware of it, but, at some level, the buyers have already made a decision at this point as to whether your home is on the list or off the list. If you lose them here, it will be extremely difficult to win back their enthusiasm, no matter how nice the rest of your home.
5 Fresh, fragrant flowers throughout your home are a delight, especially in the entry, living room, kitchen, bedrooms and baths. This is one of the easiest things you can do to ensure your property shows beautifully.
6 Set your table as if you're expecting to entertain important friends that night. You're in the imagination business now, and efforts such as this help your buyers visualize themselves at that table when your house becomes theirs.
7 Check out your linens. Use your most attractive, bright sheets, and pillow shams, as well as matching towels and bath mats. Buyers love that beautiful Ralph Lauren/Polo look. You will be amazed at what a difference this effort will make in how your home is perceived.
With all the latest advances in aromatherapy, it's easy to make your
home smell wonderful. Diffusers can leave a lavender scent in the
bedrooms, rose in the baths, orange in the living room. You've heard
that baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies just before your buyers
arrive is appreciated. Don't have time? Try a couple of drops of
vanilla on the bottom of a 250-degree oven -- it produces the same
effect and won't add calories.
Reduce family photos to a treasured few. Remember, you're a home
seller now, not a homeowner. It's time to put away collections that
personalize your house. Try to make it easy for buyers to picture your
house as their own.
If your home has patios and decks, make sure they're not places to
store junk. Consider these outdoor spaces additional rooms that buyers
will imagine themselves using. Arrange them with patio furniture and a
profusion of flowers. If you have great vistas or a lovely yard, these
are places you want your prospective purchasers to linger awhile. Make
these places inviting!
10 Reduce family photos to a treasured few. Remember, you're a home seller now, not a homeowner. It's time to put away collections that personalize your house. Try to make it easy for buyers to picture your house as their own.
11 If your home has patios and decks, make sure they're not places to store junk. Consider these outdoor spaces additional rooms that buyers will imagine themselves using. Arrange them with patio furniture and a profusion of flowers. If you have great vistas or a lovely yard, these are places you want your prospective purchasers to linger awhile. Make these places inviting!
12 Unmade beds, dishes in the sink, toilet seats up, hair in the shower, and visible trash in the wastebaskets are complete turnoffs for buyers. It's the hardest thing to do as a seller, but don't leave your home without putting it in show-perfect condition. The ideal buyer may arrive an hour after you walk out the door.
13 The mechanical area is a surprisingly good place to invest some elbow grease. Make this area sparkle like a ship's engine room: be sure all the equipment is dust-free and the walls painted (rather than the typical drywall-taped look.) Consider giving the floor a coat of paint. When the guts of your home look well maintained, it inspires confidence in the buyers, prompting them to think you have taken excellent care of your property.
14 Garages are often the last place given attention by sellers, and this is a major mistake. These spaces should be immaculate, well organized, and look finished.
15 Many sellers ask us about whether making certain home improvements would facilitate selling their property faster or for more money. Here are the very best places to invest money before putting your home on the market: the replacement of worn-out or dated carpet and a fresh coat of exterior and interior paint. As long as your color choices are neutral, the impact of these two efforts is tremendous. Your property will seem fresh and new to buyers and superior to most of the competition they will also be seeing.
16 If you do nothing else, be sure your property is spotless, organized and squeaky clean. The result of this one effort cannot be overstated.
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