For most of us the purchasing and selling of a home are the largest transactions that we will make in our lifetime. It is to our advantage to make our home appealing to as many buyers as possible. It all starts with the front entrance. This will be the first photo of your property buyers will see online. Many decisions will be made in the buyers mind based on this one photo.
- First I would evaluate my budget considering both inside and out, at that point you will know what you have to work with.
- The outside front entrance should be your main focus, after all that is what buyers are going to see first in your photos.
- I suggest going all out by mowing, weeding, edging, trimming everything. If your budget is limited focus on planting colorful flowers only by the front entrance where the photo will be taken. You can even put potted flowers and you’ll get to take them.
- Assess any rotten wood or damage that needs to be repaired. Paint and change light fixtures if needed. Again if your budget is limited paint the accent areas to freshen up outside. Remember if buyers perceive the outside to be dated or in need of repairs they will assume the same for the inside and go on to look at another property. This can impact the kinds of offers you do receive.
- Just as with the outside you can do bare minimums on the inside as well. I encourage you to do the best you can with your budget. Clean and declutter the inside from top to bottom. If you are planning to paint wipe down walls and moldings so the paint will stick and not have lots of dust in it. The windows need to shine and welcome buyers.
- Declutter all spaces including drawers, cabinets, and closets. Take down family photos and store them away. This will only help start the packing process. If you detach from the property it will be easier for buyers to visualize themselves in the new space.
- Painting is the least expensive and most effective renovation you can do. It truly will be the most bang for your buck and that applies to inside walls, outside exterior, and cabinets. Painting will bring new life to a dated home and freshen it up. Be sure to stay with a neutral color palette. Paint stores can color coordinate all your spaces for you. You want to give buyers every reason to love the home and give full price offers or higher.
- Assess the inside after everything has been done and stage your rooms. I suggest staging them for the space they were intended to be. This will give you an advantage over other listings in your price range that are not. Be sure to remove heavy furniture that doesn’t fit the space. I know that no one wants to spend a lot of money on things they can’t take with them so keep that in mind when staging. Buy furnishings or accent decorations that can be used in your new place.