5 ways to make your home impress buyers

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Front porch of home with gray front door with wreath; colorful potted plants in yellow and navy pots

07/25/2014 | Author: Summer Mandell

First impressions are important, right? That’s especially true when you’re selling your home. Staging your property will make the best impression on buyers, and may even help your home sell more quickly. Don’t worry; there are some low-cost—even free—tweaks that you can do. Here are five tips to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers:

  1. Boost the curb appeal. Keep the yard mowed and trimmed. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door, door trim, shutters, and porch. Wash down any cobwebbed or dusty items, like patio furniture or light fixtures. Add a few healthy plants in colorful pots near entryways, and get doormats in complementing colors.
  2. Keep it tidy. Cleaning the inside of your home and putting clutter away will ensure your house looks its best whenever a buyer shows up. But don’t just cram everything in a closet or cabinet. Most people want to check those out, too. This is a good time to toss or donate items you don’t need, which will also lighten your load when it’s time to move.
  3. Keep it clear. Move tall furniture like bookshelves away from doorways, and pull back the shower curtain to expose the entire bathroom. Don’t block windows or sliding-glass doors, either. Open blinds and curtains completely to bring in a lot of natural light to make rooms look … well … roomier.
  4. Find the right hue. If you’re planning to repaint the interior, choose the right colors. At this stage, it’s not about your personal design preferences. Instead, pick color palettes that please a wide range of people in colors that feel cool, like light blue or light green.
  5. Get an outsider’s perspective. Your Texas REALTOR® might have experience in home staging, or can recommend a home stager who can work with you.

Categories: Sellers
Tags: seller tips, home staging


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