In today's real estate competitive buyer's market, you need to give your home every advantage to rise above your competition. One of the best ways to do that--decorating your home with potential buyers in mind--helps you impress home shoppers enough to make a quick offer for your asking price.
The first step in decorating for sales success involves cleaning and decluttering your home. Clutter may not be synonymous with dirt, but psychologically that's exactly the impression it will have on potential buyers. So get out the broom, vacuum, scrub brushes, and packing boxes and get your home spic-and-span! You'll be amazed at the difference just doing that will make. After you've seen the transformation, you'll then be able to decide how much paint and other minor repairs your home will need. The results may surprise you, and save you lots of money.
If the house needs it, next will come the things that cost money, so start with paint and fixing minor things like squeaky doors or balky drawers, especially in the kitchen. Buy some potted flowers and place them in various rooms to add color and a cheerful feel.
These flowers were picked from the garden. Take a look at your garden. Even cuttings from bushes and trees add nature's bounty.
The goal is always to try to see your home through the eyes of a potential buyer. If it's something that bothers you, it'll bother them, as well. If you're not sure what to do in order to easily, quickly, and inexpensively make your home more attractive to buyers, have a friend walk through the house with you and make suggestions, especially about any negative things that jump out during your walkthrough.
There's no reason why you can't get a higher price for your home, and more quickly, if you're willing to spend some time getting it ready for sale by making it as clean, clutter-free, and attractive as possible, even before the first potential buyer walks through your newly-painted front door. It just takes time, some good old-fashioned elbow grease, a relatively small investment in paint and flowers, and some inventive imagination.
Copyright © 2006 Jeanette J. Fisher