Advertising your home by posting pictures online is one of the first and most important marketing steps you will take when selling your home. More and more people begin their search for a new home online and their first impression of your home will be shaped by the quality of your pictures. What many people don’t understand is the prep that the homeowner will need to complete before the photographer begins shooting the property. Below is a detailed checklist of the most common preparations one should do in order to be fully prepared for the professional photographer.
If you are doing preliminary research and want to see how you can further prepare your home for sale, it doesn't hurt to prepare your home for a home inspection. Check out the blog linked below.
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If you are not familiar with the term Feng Shui, Wikipedia describes it as: "Feng shui is a Chinese metaphysical and quasi-philosophical system that seeks to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment."
The national association of Realtor's suggests you consider the following to make your home feel more inviting:
Chi flows in.
Pay special attention to the front door, which is considered the “mouth of chi” and one of the most powerful aspects of the entire property. Make sure the area is swept clean and free of cobwebs and clutter. Ensure all lighting is straight and properly hung. Consider lighting the path leading up to the front door to create an inviting atmosphere.
Chi can flow out, too.
Energy can be flushed away wherever there are drains in the home. To keep the good forces of a home inside, always keep the toilet seats down and close the doors to bathrooms.
Consider the bedroom carefully.
The master bed should be in a place of honor, power, and protection. Place it farthest from and facing toward the entryway of the room. The optimal placement is diagonal in the farthest corner of the room. Paint the room in colors that promote serenity, relaxation, and romance, such as soft tones of green, blue, and lavender.
Offer a formal dining space.
The dining room symbolizes the energy and power of family togetherness. Make sure the table is clear and uncluttered during showings. Use an attractive tablecloth to enhance the look of the table while also softening sharp corners.
Get a clear perspective.
Windows are considered to be the eyes of the home. Getting your windows professionally cleaned is a good idea anyway, but for buyers, your home will sparkle all the more brightly and your view will be optimally displayed.
You don't have to be ready to sell your home to be thinking about keeping your home resell friendly. If you are like us, most of the painting occurred when we first bought our house. I don't particularly love painting, so I wanted to land on some colors that would work well if/when we wanted to resell.
If you have been actively looking at houses on our market for a while. You will see that most houses that get flipped will go with a light grey interior with white trim. This is probably your most neutral and safest bet. That being said, not everyone wants only these colors. So what colors should you avoid?
Colors To Avoid
According to Realtor.com, you should avoid orange, black and violet. This doesn't mean you cant use these colors. They should just be kept as accents and avoided as all over wall colors.
Colors To Choose
We already discussed the popular use of light grey with white trim as favorite for flipping. Again, this is because it is very neutral and people can best imagine their lives and furniture in the house. If you want something other than neutral, natural colors are popular; particularly blue and then green.
If you want further decorating advice, contact me to set up a consultation with myself and/or an interior designer.
dOrganization of a closet can add great appeal because it maximizes the space. Write down your closet’s dimensions and head to a local hardware store to find some wire shelving organization systems.
The use of decorative boxes have been a fashionable way to organize closet space. These can be purchased at Ikea, Walmart, Target, or you can get creative and make your own.
To make your closet feel bigger, you’ll want to clear out about half of its contents. Begin by storing out of season clothing in other storage areas. If you have a month to prepare, hang all of your clothes hangers in the closet backwards. Each time you wear an article of clothing, replace it in your closet with the hanger facing the correct way. At the end of the month, go through the clothes you didn’t wear and donate them to a thrift store.
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Most buyers know that it's the right one within the first few minutes of touring a house. This is why it is very important to get your house ready to sell.
A Realtor will help make specific suggestions about how to get your house ready for the market. Here is an overview of what helps prepare your house to be sold.
The first impression of the house can go along way. When you have a sign on the front lawn, people driving by will be evaluating your house's curb appeal. To help improve your curb appeal, there are few things you can do: landscaping and cosmetic improvements, including painting.
Your Realtor will make suggestions of what customers are looking for in your price range. This may mean making certain updates to your house.
A rule of thumb for showing a houses is keeping everything clean, bright, and decluttered. Keep rooms simple and open. It may be helpful to rent a storage unit to help store extra furniture and appliances.
Make Areas Neutral
Update the inside of your house to neutral colors such as grey and white. Think broad appeal when deciding what colors to use.