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Home Showing Checklist: Overlooked Spaces

clean-and-welcoming-foyer-entrywayWhen it comes to staging your home for potential buyers, it’s easy to focus a large majority of your attention on the “money making” rooms in your home—i.e. kitchen, master bath, living room.  However, there’s something to be said for lavishing a bit of your attention on the understated supporting players in your home.

After all, buyers aren’t simply purchasing your kitchen—they’re purchasing the whole package, which means they’ll expect to see a fluid, clean concept throughout your home.  Therefore, pay close attention to the following “second-stringer” checklist.  It may just help you sell your home sooner rather than later.

MAKE AN ENTRANCE.  If your home has a foyer, make a point to show it off!  Feel free to include little touches such as coat hooks for visitors, a vase of flowers, or a table with bottles of water for potential buyers.  In essence, your entrance is for receiving guests, so your goal should be to create a welcoming atmosphere.

KEEP THE MUD OUT OF THE MUDROOM.  Yes, the ultimate purpose of a mudroom is to provide an area where you can remove items—such as shoes and rain coats—that may have gotten dirty in the great outdoors; however, while buyers will most likely understand this, they won’t want to see remnants of your last hiking venture.

Therefore, your goal is to show buyers how organized life can be in your home.  Add cubbies and shelves to hold things like running shoes and winter gloves, and make a point to install wall hooks for discarded coats and book bags.  Make a point to add a colorful rug that can catch dirt before it’s tracked into the house and don’t be afraid to play up the walls with a bright coat of paint.  Neutrals should be the goal throughout the rest of the house, but the mudroom is one area that will handle a bold color quite nicely.

SHOW OFF AN UNFINISHED BASEMENT’S POTENTIAL.  While you may not have taken the time to finish your basement, that doesn’t mean potential buyers won’t.  Plain and simple, an unfinished basement is a blank canvass and many buyers will see it for what it is—a vessel for increasing their home’s value.

Therefore, instead of shoving all of your spare clutter into a haphazard pile in the basement and assuming buyers will understand, make sure things are organized and consider utilizing the services of a good contractor who can provide an estimate for finishing the space.  Buyers like to know what they can expect, so they’ll likely appreciate a little knowledge on how much it will cost them if they decide to make a future renovation.

MAKE USE OF YOUR PORCH.  The front porch is back in style, so if you’re lucky enough to have more than just a front stoop, make a point to stage it for potential buyers.  Everyone loves a comfy porch chair, so consider adding some seating space next to a colorful outdoor rug and a small table with a pitcher of lemonade or apple cider (depending upon the season).  At the end of the day, buyers will remember the refreshment!

DECLUTTER THE GARAGE.  Yes, we know—you park your cars in there (or just use it for storage), which means we’re likely to find a host of oil stains, leaves, and dirt; however, while no one expects your garage to be a spotless vehicle showroom, it still needs to be accessible.  Make a point to organize any sports equipment, tools, and lawn care necessities, and spend a bit of time sweeping excess debris back outside.

CONCLUSION

It’s often said that success is in the details and selling your home is no different.  By assuming that buyers “will understand” or won’t care about accumulated dirt and clutter in certain areas of your home, you’re setting yourself up for a difficult real estate experience.  A quick sale requires a solid showing throughout your home, so make a point to target those oft-overlooked areas.

If you’d like some advice or assistance, I’d be more than happy to offer my expertise.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Sell Your Home Faster with These No-Cost Tips

10_Simple_Home_Staging_Tips_Every_Seller_Should_KnowPurchasing a new home can be both exciting and exhilarating.  Filled with promises of new beginnings and fresh starts, the process can actually be quite fun.  However, while you might be in a hurry to imagine your life in new surroundings, the downside of the equation is that you still have to close on your existing home.

If you’re looking to move sooner rather than later, waiting all summer to get an offer on your current residence might hurt your plans, so it’s important to do everything you can to reduce your home’s time on the market.  Therefore, according to a study conducted by the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that were staged before being listed received an offer within an average of 23 days, which is 87% faster than those that went months after listing before staging.

Still, finding the money to stage your home may be a bit of a stretch, so here are five FREE things you can do to get the job done.

FIND YOUR INNER NEAT FREAK – OR ENLIST THE HELP OF SOMEONE WHO CAN.  Whether you’re already extremely tidy or you have a friend who is a master of organization, it’s time to declutter your way to a speedy closing.

Sure, it’s one thing to simply shove everything into a closet but it’s another to turn your space into an open, pleasing oasis.  Start by tackling common junk areas such as magazine racks, fireplace mantels, kitchen and bathroom counters, and tabletops, and streamline those closets while you’re at it.  Buyers want lots of storage and BIG closets, so the less things clogging them up, the better.  Potential homeowners will want to see how much space is in there for THEIR stuff, not how much of your stuff can fit in the space.

SHOULD THAT COUCH REALLY GO THERE?  Once you’ve taken the time to purge your home of disorganization and clutter, make a point to stop and look at the big picture.  Your house should invite buyers to sit and stay a while, so if they can’t walk through your space without zigzagging through the room or bumping into furniture, it’s time to rearrange a few things.

Start by putting excessively bulky or unneeded items in storage and moving things away from the walls.  Sure, you might have kept Aunt Mildred’s favorite chair out of obligation and nostalgia, but if it’s only taking up space, consider removing it from the home for a bit.  Plain and simple, buyers want to walk in and see an open—yet cozy—space that invites family bonding, so the furniture should be placed in a way which begets this vision.

If, at the end of the day, you simply have no idea where to begin, you can always utilize the services of an experienced agent (free of charge with no obligation), who can walk through your home and help you rearrange things to produce the correct effect.

CLEAN, CLEAN, AND THEN CLEAN SOME MORE.  Taking the time to clean your home before a showing should be common sense, but while many people understand the importance of presenting a fresh house, most underestimate how clean it should actually be.

At the end of the day, selling your home involves a large amount of money, so buyers want to see more than your standard tidy-up.  Preparing your property for the real estate market involves all of those minute details and corners, such as ceiling fans, baseboards, window blinds, and tile grout.  Additionally, don’t forget to clean your windows both inside AND outside.  You’ll want to let in as much light as possible, so make sure they’re nothing short of squeaky-clean!

SET THE TABLE.  The top thing buyers want from a home is to picture themselves living in it, so you need to put an effort into making sure they can do that.  You can start by setting the kitchen and/or dining room table, since nothing represents family life quite like a beautifully staged dinner table.

To set the right mood, arrange your dinnerware like you’re preparing for a big holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Bring out your good china and linens, but keep things slightly simple by setting 2-4 places and adding a decorative centerpiece.

LET THE OUTSIDE COME IN.  I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating.  Most of us appreciate the beauty of the outside world, especially when it’s in full bloom.  So, make a point to fill your home with favorite picks from your garden such as roses, zinnias, peonies, lilies, or fresh fruit and vegetables.  If you’re short on vases, utilize the services of that old antique pitcher or Mason jar stashed in your cabinet.

If you’d like to learn more tips and tricks or would simply like some advice on where to begin, I’d love to offer my services, free of charge.  Please contact me!

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

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