…..and for less than $200!
If you are trying to sell your Portsmouth New Hampshire area home then it really pays off to go to a little extra effort to impress your buyers. There have been studies that show it takes buyers only seven seconds to decide whether or not they are going to buy a home once they set foot in a house. That it is why it so crucial to make a good impression and also why “staging” a home for sale is such a fine art.
However not all of us have the cash on hand, or the time and energy, to do things that are really going to flip your home over to the next buyer quickly. For instance, not everybody has the cash on hand to install a brand new flashy Jacuzzi complete with freestanding brass towel warmers and new stone tile floors. However you might have the money on hand to install designer faucets, paint the walls and replace the old iron door handles with trendy new crystal knobs.
Here are some quick and easy ways to make your Seacoast home show like a model home for under $200. These are easy-to-do tips and the type of thing a good Realtor would advise you to do to help “stage” a property so it is more attractive to buyers. The goal of this “top ten list: is to give you hints on how to make your home show better than your competitor’s home on the real estate market!
Let’s get started and “Dress Your Home For Success”
- 1. Clear All Clutter
You can get rid of all of the junk in your home for free. Simply get rid of anything you don’t need and haul it away in your car to the nearest dump or Goodwill. This means getting rid of “stuff” in the front yard, back yard, hallway and basement. Studies have shown that people perceive clutter as being indicative of a property that is decrepit or not worth much money. They also associate it with decay and the presence of vermin or bugs.
You should also get rid of all junk in your yard. This includes things like broken garden hoses, old equipment and bicycles. Even things you are actively using should be tucked out of sight before a house showing. This means clearing your kitchen counter of appliances like George Foreman Grills or blenders or anything else that takes up counter space.
Outside you should make sure that your garden hoses are coiled up, your birdbath is clean of leaves and that you do not have sports equipment or bikes laying around your front porch.
2. Get Rid of Evidence of Pets
If you have a dog or cat send them away for the day during showings. Hide the litter box and any evidence of it’s aroma. Make sure there are no dog feces in the front yard. This type of thing, along with its smells can convince a buyer that there are allergens, mites and pet urea in the house. Generally buyers consider houses with more pets to be less desirable than ones with no pets all.
3. Get Rid of Evidence of Kids
Get rid of strollers on the porch, inflatable kiddy pools in the back yard and any toys that may be lying around in the hallway. Get rid of baby gates and make sure there are no handprints or crayon drawings on the wall.
4. Clean Up the Front Yard and Porches
The front yard and porch are very important as that is what your buyer will first see when they approach the home. Make sure that the grass is cut and that any gardens or flower beds are nicely tended. If you have to, reseed the lawn and plant a few decorative bushes. It also does not hurt to spruce up the front door with a coat of paint, brush away cobwebs around the door fram3, and replace the house number plates and the door knocker with new versions.
It also helps a lot to get rid of dead trees or bushes that may be on the property. Many people associate that with bad luck or a lack of caring for the property.
5. Get Rid of Sunken Paving Stones or cracked & broken sidewalks.
The path to your front door and the driveway are also very important. Sunken paving stones or missing rocks make your home look ratty and cheap. It is quite easy to buy new stones, level them and redo these pathways. Curved path ways look more contemporary than ones that are at right angles.
6. Paint Rooms That Need It
If you have a wall that looks scratched up, beaten or damaged you are well advised to paint it. This can go a long way towards making a home look less shabby. You should also make an attempt to plaster any holes or crumbled parts of walls in your home as well. If paint is out of the question then you certainly could make a better impression by covering up flawed walls with wall paper. Through a relationship with Lowe’s, I’m able to send you discount coupon that is good for 10% off any one purchase at Lowe’s up to $10,000! I know we’re on a tight budget here but that could save you up to $1,000 on everything you buy during one purchase.
7. Replace Some Fixtures
If your chandelier or light fixtures look dated, then go to some trouble to replace them. You can also make a home look more contemporary and like it is worth more money simply by making a few cosmetic changes like changing the light switch plates or electrical plates to designer versions. Often you can clean smudged and dirty switch plates by just removing two small screws and washing them in the sink with mild detergent. Make sure they’re thoroughly dry before reinstalling them and don’t touch any bare wires in the switch box. This could also be another use for that Lowe’s discount card.
8. Change the Faucets and Spouts
Sometimes you can make a kitchen or bathroom look really glamorous simply by changing out your old faucets and spouts for glamorous new ones. There are lots of different styles on the market that can instantly transform a sink into a contemporary silver masterpiece of design and many of these fixtures also cost less than $200. Furthermore it can be quite easy to install these fixtures all by yourself.
9. Provide Flowers and Greenery
If you have cleared all the clutter, then you should have a home that looks more simple and kind of Zen in nature. One way to augment this air of designer sophistication is to put flowers or vases of tall grasses in every room.
For instance if you have a dining room table it is quite a good idea to put a display of fruit or flowers on the center table to make it seem more glamorous or traditional. It is also quite chic to place a small display of flowers or bamboo in the bathroom. A rose floating in a bowl of water
10. Provide Some Aromatherapy
It’s been proven that if an item for sale makes some kind of impression on the nose then people are also more likely to buy it. That is true for small ticket items but it is also true of big things like an entire house.
One of the tricks that professional real estate agents use is to simply bake some cookies in the oven so the scent of cinnamon and vanilla fills the air as potential customers walk in the front door. This gives a place a more homey effect. The aroma of freshly baked bread is appealing too. You can also get that fresh baked aroma by just putting a few drops of vanilla flavoring and/or cinnamon in an aluminum pie pan and pop it into a warm oven an hour or so before showings. Pleasant smells create a lasting good impression that buyers take with them when they leave.
So there’s 10 things you can do yourself in usually one weekend or less that I guarantee will make your house more appealing to potential buyers. If you want to go further I have a list of 40 more things you can do for little or no money that will make your house stand head and shoulders above your competition. Just shoot me an email or a call, no cost, no obligation.
And as a bonus for reading this far, here are 4 staging tips and an actual home I staged with before and after pictures.
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If you have a home in the New Hampshire or southern Maine Seacoast area your thinking of selling now or in the near future, Ann and I would love to talk with you about marketing your home with every real estate tool in our toolbox.
We have over 60 years experience between us and have literally sold thousands of houses just like yours. We know what it takes to get houses sold even in today’s market and we do it.