Preparing Your Home for Potential Buyers

shutterstock_164303810Before you put your home on the market, it is important to get your property looking as appealing to potential buyers as possible. Often, this process involves making simple repairs, repainting interior walls and otherwise fixing those items that you tend to overlook while living in a home. Many sellers, however, fail to take the next big step toward making their home look great: staging.

Home staging is a term used in the real estate industry that refers to making the home look inviting and “homey” to potential buyers. The goal with staging is to help the potential buyer envision himself living in the house. While your real estate agent will give you tips and assistance with staging your home, there are several things you can do beforehand to help prepare your home for the market.

Remove Personal Items

Personal items, such as family photos and souvenirs, are part of what makes your house a “home.” While these may help make your home come alive for you, these items make it difficult for a potential buyer to see anyone other than you and your family living in the home. Therefore, you need to remove all of these personal items before any potential buyers come to view your home.

Clean Up Clutter

Clutter is a major deterrent to potential buyers. Not only is it unattractive and distracting, but it also creates the impression that your home is not big enough to hold all of your personal belongings. Potential buyers want to be sure the house is going to be big enough to hold all of their personal belongings. If you plan to live in your home while it is on the market, plan on placing some of your belongings in storage until the home is sold.

Rearrange Furniture

Many homeowners cram their homes with too much furniture and other items. Potential buyers should be able to navigate easily through your home without feeling cramped and bumping into furniture. If you have excess furniture, place that in storage and arrange your rooms so the furniture is open, inviting and easy to walk through.

Add the Touches of “Home”

Playing to your potential buyer’s senses can go a long way toward helping to get your home sold. If you know your agent will be bringing a potential buyer to your house soon, light an apple pie scented candle beforehand so the smell lingers in the air while the buyer walks through the house. Other nice touches include placing a vase of flowers on your table, playing soft music in the background or having a plate of freshly baked cookies waiting for the buyer to enjoy.

Create Curb Appeal

When staging your home, you also need to remember how things look on the outside. A few potted flowers by your entryway will go a long way toward making your home look attractive as soon as the potential buyer arrives on the property. Even better, you can actually take these potted flowers with you to your new home if you like.

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