Preparing the Interior
While curb appeal is essential in attracting potential buyers to your home, the interior is what will help sell them on wanting to live there.
Space is one of the major selling points for a home. It is the feature that most home buyers want to see in order to feel that they are getting the most value for their money. This is why it is imperative that before you do anything to the interior of your home, you make sure to remove the clutter from your home. In areas such as the bedroom and bathroom, make sure that all closets, drawers, and surfaces have minimal content.
Consider buying closet organizers, because buyers will look in your closets. By utilizing items to increase the space of your closets, you allow the buyers to see what is possible for them as well.
The level of cleanliness of a home will help attract buyers. Make sure to clean all of your windows, furniture, carpets, rugs, closets and bathrooms thoroughly. Investing in new towels, area rugs, bedding and window treatments is an inexpensive way to add value to your home.
Whether you need to sort items, put them in storage, have a yard sale, or donate items, make it a point to have your home as organized as possible before showing it to potential buyers.
Another crucial point that sellers often overlook is the interior paint, walls, trim, etc. Fresh paint in neutral colors will provide prospective buyers with a blank slate on which to imagine their own plans for their future home. Neutral colors also help to enhance the feelings of space, which as previously noted is an extremely important tool when selling your home.
Light is also very important, so make sure that all of your windows are sparkling and operational. Aside from natural light, make sure that all of the fixtures in your home are in working order. Consider upgrading any features that are outdated or adding lamps or wall sconces to rooms that are dark. Remember, buyers may view your home in the evening as well as the daytime, so it is important that it always leaves a good impression.
If you can afford to do so, appliances, cabinetry, flooring, and countertops can always be updated. Whether it is adding a fresh coat of paint, changing out door handles or resurfacing your cabinets, or simply making sure that your appliances are clean and functional, small steps can be taken to enhance your home’s appearance.
Buyers will utilize all of their five senses when inspecting a home. Here are some tips in making sure that your interior leaves them with a positive lasting impression:
- Do not clean with harsh chemicals the day when your home will be viewed. Consider cleaning the day before.
- Pet areas should be as clean as the rest of the home.
- Have light, soft music playing during an open house or showing.
- Remember, a bright and airy home is always appealing. Neutral colors, adequate light, and fresh paint can go a long way.
- Make sure that your furniture and bedrooms feel livable and inviting.