As real estate agents, one of the first questions we often hear from potential sellers is, “What would you do to the house to make it better for the sale?” This is, of course, a loaded question. Every house is a special and personal space. Houses are a reflection of the people that live in them, and there are so many personal touches in most homes that make them feel like, well, home.
The problem is, in most cases, the buyers you are looking for are looking at your personal space and they are trying to make it into their own personal space. Will my couch fit in here? Can my dresser and armoire both make it up the stairs? Buyers want to see themselves inside of a home, and as a seller, you probably want to help those buyers see something amazing. Here are a few tips to staging a beautiful property:
Tame the Garden
It’s easy to forget that your landscaping is one of the first things any prospective buyer will see. Have you had the hedges trimmed in the last few months, or raked and mowed the lawn? Or maybe you’ve got some old, dead plants or pots of plants you’ve been meaning to get rid of. Getting the old, dead stuff out will give your house new life, and help the buyers see the beauty in your yard space, no matter how much of it you have.
Touch Up Paint
An easy fix for wall dings and other minor wall offenses is to tackle the problem with some putty and paint! You can easily cover over nail holes without paying a handyman, and touch up any dings or minor scrapes too. Anything you think you’ll need help on, always go for the help! But for those on a budget, taking the time to fill and paint over nail holes and such can help add real sale value to your property. It’s always nice to leave any custom-colored paint for the new owners, or the information for the paint at least.
Check Your Lighting
If it’s been a few years since your property was last on the market, it may be a good idea to look at your lighting fixtures. Do you have any broken, wobbly, or otherwise unreliable lights? Changing them out before you put the house up for sale can help give the house a small update that sheds new light for your potential sale. If you can’t update a fixture, you should still dust and clean them, especially outdoor fixtures. This simple step can help the appearance of your property more than you might think!
You can also evaluate how much light you have. Could you rearrange lamps or other moveable fixtures to achieve a nicer look? Maybe you can trade out worn lampshades for something newer, or clean them for a better overall effect. Have an old chandelier? Don’t forget to dust up there, and you might want to make sure all the bulbs are working while you’re up there.
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Always defer to your agent’s advice, of course. If you don’t have an agent to give you advice, and you’re looking to buy or sell in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Carpinteria, or anywhere on the Central Coast, then connect with The Hall Team today! We want to help everyone find their place in the world, one house at a time.