Our homes are set up for our convenience and for our comfort….not to impress others.
Maybe it’s been several years since you made any changes and your home needs some updating.
Maybe your hobbies and collections have gotten out of hand and taken over the home.
Maybe you have decided to list your home for sale and the “whatever is most convenient and comfortable for me” look won’t have buyers reaching for their checkbook.
Whether you are selling or you’re just ready for a change, I’ve put together a list of twenty things you can do to help you improve and update the appearance of your home.
In no particular order….
20 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Appearance Before You List It
1. Clean Like You Have Never Cleaned Before
This is pretty obvious.
Give your home a complete cleaning. Top to bottom.
Nothing says “don’t buy me” like mold in the bathtub.
2. Clear Off Top And Front Of Refrigerator
Remove all the stuff from the top of the refrigerator.
Remove all the clutter on the front of the refrigerator.
It’s amazing how much of a difference this makes in the appearance of your kitchen.
3. Remove Coat Racks
Coat racks and hooks are not only messy in appearance,
they suggest to potential buyers that there is a lack of closet space.
4. Clear Off Nightstands
Keep it simple….lamp, clock, book and reading glasses.
The master bedroom should have a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
5. Remove Extra Storage Cabinets
If you have free standing little cabinets in a room,
it suggests to potential buyers that there is a lack of storage space.
6. Apply Fresh Paint
Whether it’s covering bold sponge painting like this bedroom,
or removing dated wallpaper….
each room should be freshly painted in a warm, neutral color.
7. Clear Kitchen Counters
Buyers can’t see the positive features of a kitchen with all this distraction.
A few strategically placed items for color and emotional appeal is all you need.
Above the cabinets is another area to clear.
8. Remove Excess Furniture
Too much furniture makes a room appear smaller.
Just because it fits, doesn’t mean it’s flattering.
Buyers want spacious rooms.
9. Organize Kitchen Cabinets
Buyers look in closets and cabinets.
Neat and organized suggests the home has been well maintained.
Use this information to your advantage.
10. Remove Family Photos
Family photos are distracting, especially when there are a lot of them.
The same is true for trophies, diplomas, awards, etc.
11. Store Personal Grooming Products Out of Sight
Buyers should be looking at the features of the room
not your toothbrush and deodorant.
Bathrooms are already personal enough without being reminded of it.
12. Prepack Your Collections
They may be your pride and joy,
but collections are distracting and not visually appealing to buyers.
13. Remove Pets and all Evidence of Pets
Again…probably your pride and joy….but not helping to sell the house.
Even people who love animals will look at a home differently when
they know pets live there.
Both pets and buyers will be more comfortable if the pets are not present for showings.
14. Downsize Bookcases and Shelves
Create a more visually appealing bookcase by limiting what’s on it.
Removing most of the books and adding a few decorative pieces will remove the visual noise and allow buyers to appreciate the architectural features.
15. Limit Toys to Playroom and Child’s Room
Rooms should be clearly defined for function.
Keep playsets, baby furniture, and large toys in child’s room or playroom.
16. Create a Spa Atmosphere In Bathroom
Buy new, thick towels and pretty soaps to create a spa-like atmosphere.
Roll towels and stack neatly.
17. Remove Furniture That Doesn’t Fit
If furniture has be placed sideways, or extends into a doorway
or partially covers a window…
it’s a red flag to buyers that furniture placement is
an issue in that room.
18. Remove Dead Animals
Don’t limit your buyer pool to hunters.
Unless you are selling a hunting lodge, buyers will not find them appealing.
19. Organize Laundry Room
Don’t underestimate the power of an appealing laundry room.
This is an often neglected “bonus” space that can make a lasting positive impression.
Tips for reducing laundry room odors.
20. Remove Dated Window Treatments
Just because they were custom and expensive doesn’t mean they should stay.
Heavy, dated window treatments make a home feel old.
They block light. They hide valuable architectural features.
The key to marketing a home is a fairly simple one….
Give buyers what they want!
With the right price, preparation and presentation you should have a buyer in no time!