1) Buyers want a deal! We are in a very price sensitive market and buyer want to know that they are getting the most value for their money.
2) Kitchens and Baths Sell Homes! Bathrooms with dated tile should be updated and older vanities, sinks, medicine cabinets, hardware and light fixtures should be replaced.
3) Paint is an Easy Crowd Pleaser! Buyers want a house with a neutral palette to help them imagine their own decorating plans. Plain white, however, is mostly out and "Pottery Barn" colors are in. Wallpaper no matter how expensive and dear to a Seller must go as well as dated carpet. And if you have carpet over hardwood floors, show the hardwoods. They are in and most desirable.
4) Let there be light! Brass or crystal Dining Room light fixture is no longer fashionable. Brush nickel and antique bronze are in. Good news that light fixtures are relatively cheap to replace.
5) Energy Efficiency! While most buyers won't pay substantially more for "green" and "energy efficient" improvements, they do want to know what it will cost to heat and cool the house and they do question whether windows, doors, the furnance, air conditioner, and water heater have been replaced.
6) It's Clean Up Time! Buyers want a clean house. Not just a house where the beds are made and toys are put away but a house with clean windows, baseboards, siding, and refrigerators. Clean carpets, bathrooms, kitchens and flooring are essential.
7) Smelly Houses Don't Sell! Any pet odors need to be eliminated, cooking food with strong odors (unless it's bread or cookies) needs to be avoided, and if you're a smoker, your home will need to be de-odorized and you need to smoke outside-no kidding! If you do plan to sell , do not light any scented candles or install plug-ins. Today many buyers and their families are allergic and will run out of a house not matter what the smell.
8) Oh Give Me Land! Buyers want a home with a connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. So even if your lot is relatively small, landscape it, deck it, fence it or do whatever is necessary to create a perception of another wonderful living area, even it's only used part of the year.
9) Size Matters! Buyers want more storage space as well as flexibility in the garage. If you have a storage room or area, make it look big by straightening it up and gettiing rid of anything that you haven't touched in years. If you have a garage, clear it out so that cars can easily fit in. If you have a carport, the only thing visible should be your car.
10) Beauty Counts! Today's buyers start their search on the Internet and if they are not impressed by the pictures they se, they are not coming in. You simply don't get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression.
To help make your impression GREAT, call me and I will send you our staging guide.