You thought the hardest part was making the decision to downsize, but unfortunately, that was just the start. When it comes to downsizing, selling your current house can be a major headache. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to ensure your house sells quickly and for top dollar.
Now is a great time to sell a home. The market is favorable and there are buyers ready to jump on the right house, oftentimes resulting in a bidding war. So, how can you make sure your house fits all their criteria? Home staging. Home staging is making your home more appealing to a higher number of potential buyers, making it more likely for it to sell quickly and for more money.
When assessing your home it’s important to remove your personal design choices. You want the buyer to envision themselves in your home and not be distracted by niche decorating choices. The best way to approach staging a home is to stage where it counts. Not all rooms have to be changed, and you should focus your efforts on the rooms that have the biggest potential to influence a buyer. If you don’t have time for anything else, go with the living room, master bedroom, and the kitchen.
Below are five of the simplest, yet effective, home staging tips:
1. Declutter and De-Personalize – One of the most important aspects when staging a home is to remove photos, artwork, drawings and other things that make the home distinctly yours. Buyers want to see a blank canvas to visualize how they will use the space. By removing personal memorabilia and other clutter, the room will look larger, cleaner and more neutral.
2. Clean, Clean and Clean Some More – The cleaner your house is, the newer it looks. It doesn’t cost you anything other than time and it makes a big impact on buyers. A clean home suggests you took pride in your house and will give buyers a better overall feeling about the space.
3. Create a Neutral Palette – You might not want to spend the money to repaint your entire house, but by focusing on a neutral palette in the living room and master bedroom, you can make a major difference. Bold colors can distract from a home’s potential and wallpaper can make a space look dated.
4. Remove Drapes and Window Coverings – A well-lit room can make all the difference. By letting as much light shine into your home as possible, spaces will look larger, cleaner and more inviting. Turn on all the lights and make your home welcoming, warm and inviting.
5. Move Furniture – Once you declutter, it might make sense to rearrange your furniture. Again, it doesn’t cost you anything and is a great way to make a space look larger. By removing bulky pieces or damaged items you can make your home feel more open and spacious.
When you go through the process of downsizing, you quickly realize it’s something you only want to do once. Consider choosing a life plan community that supports you through every stage of retirement. St. Joseph of the Pines features beautiful campuses to suit your changing needs. Schedule a tour of one of our two North Carolina campuses, Belle Meade and Pine Knoll, to see if we are the right fit for your future.