Declutter your homeOne of the fastest ways to sell your home is by eliminating visual clutter. When buyers walk through your home – or embark on a virtual tour – they want to see a clean and organized house, not a messy one. During private showings, potential buyers are also likely to peek into your closets, drawers, and storage areas. If they’re overstuffed, buyers are likely to think there’s less storage space than there actually is. Decluttering helps you as well, because there will be fewer items to pack when you finally move. Make sure to remove larger or bulkier furniture and store the clothes and toys you out of your closet in boxes. Paring down what’s in your closet is especially important because buyers want to see how much space there is for their belongings. Stage your closet like a showroom and put your best items on display.
Remove all personal itemsDepersonalizing is an essential step when preparing your home for sale. Since buyers want to visualize their life in your home, it’s best to make your place as neutral as possible. Don’t distract buyers with personal photos, collections, accessories, and quirky decorations. Keep them out of sight.
Improve the lightingGood lighting can do wonders for your house. It highlights the space and features of the room, and creates a mood you want to convey. The right lighting can also make the space seem larger or smaller, depending on what you’re going for. There are three types of lighting that you need to consider:
- Natural lighting makes the room look larger and can be enhanced by using light-colored window treatments or adding mirrors.
- Aesthetic lighting, on the other hand, focuses on the fixture itself or on the effect it creates on the space. This can be combined with a main light source such as an overhead or ceiling fixture.
- Task lighting refers to a light source meant to illuminate a specific activity. Examples include pendant lighting over a kitchen island, vanity lights, or adjustable floor lamps.