The spring real estate market is here. And while it’s likely to be slower than it was before the recession hit, this is as good as it gets for now. If you have your home on the market, or if you’re thinking about listing it, your best chance of selling is pricing your home competitively and making it stand out.
In terms of catching the buyer’s eye, there are some things you can do to give yourself a leg up on the competition. Some sellers hire a staging expert, whose job it is to make your house look super spiffy. If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, here are some tips for making your abode more appealing.
Slap on a fresh coat of paint
Believe it or not, people shopping for homes notice things like scuffs and scratches on the wall. Plus, dark or unusual colors are a turnoff, because they’re harder to cover if the palette doesn’t fit with the buyer’s taste. No one likes to picture themselves elbow-deep in primer as their first homeowner experience.
Remove excess furniture
While some pieces might serve a functional purpose for you, they may make a room look smaller. Items like coffee tables, armoires and excess bookshelves cover floor space, which makes a room look cluttered. Sell extra items or rent a storage unit.
Remove personal photos
Staging experts will tell you to get rid of as many personal photos as possible. While you may love that picture from your cousin’s wedding or memories from your trip to Paris, potential buyers like to picture themselves in your home. That’s hard to do when your life story is everywhere.
Clear off flat surfaces
My real estate agent gave me this tip. She tells me that flat, clean surfaces are most pleasing to the eye. Not to mention, they make kitchen countertops look massive. Put away knickknacks, as well as appliances like toasters and coffee machines. The extra hassle of taking these things out in the morning will be worth it.
Put out a vase of fresh flowers or fruit
Flowers are cheery and show that you take pride in your home. A bowl of fresh fruit on is also another good option to make the home seem vibrant.