Wash windows, eliminate dust anywhere it may buildup including tops of ceiling fans, doors and moldings, polish your appliances and faucets. Consider hiring a cleaning service to stop by every couple of weeks.
Pay attention to smells.
Avoid cooking anything with a strong, lingering odor. Bake something yummy. Cookies at open houses are not just there to treat buyers, a pleasant smell like baking cookies or bread can help people connect with a kitchen. If you can’t make something you can fake it with a scented candle.
Clear out the clutter.
You want buyers to focus on how amazing your space is, not how disorderly it looks. Remove those piles of shoes from the entry, the stack of mail from the kitchen table and anything else that distracts from your home’s features.
Repaint the walls neutral colors.
Rooms in neutral tones like tans and whites allow buyers to focus on the spaces themselves, not the color of the walls. To help buyers visualize themselves in your space, remove any art or other décor that might turn off people with different tastes. Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in your home, so remove anything overly personal, like family photos.
Maximize natural lighting.
Open up all the windows to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. A bright, cheery room looks bigger and more inviting.
Plants reduce stress and boost moods.
Potted plants or a few pretty buds in a vase can help bring energy into a space, fill in empty corners and even draw attention to features you want buyers to notice. Just make sure the plants are in good health.
Organize your closets.
Storage space is a huge selling point, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it. Invest in some boxes, dividers and other solutions that will help you make your stuff look more organized, and remove extra items you don’t need immediately (you can stow them away until you move).
Do a faux “renovation.”
Little tweaks can make a big difference in the overall feel of a room. Kitchen a little outdated? Replace the fixtures, faucets and hinges. Family room furniture beaten up? Throw some slipcovers over it. Make any minor repairs needed and touch up any scuffs.
Turn the bathroom into a spa.
Stack a few pretty washcloths tied with ribbon, add some scented candles and plants, and buy bathmats and towels in coordinating tones such as light green, blue and white. Something as simple as pretty soaps in a decorative tray can make a bathroom seem more appealing. Close the toilet! When it comes to both showing and photographing your home, this can make a huge difference.
Give each room a purpose.
Pick a use for each area and clearly stage the space to showcase that purpose. Turn the living room into conversation hub by grouping your furniture into arrangements that inspire conversation. An inviting armchair and a tray with a coffee cup and book can turn that empty corner into a reading nook. Draw attention to any special features with bright colors or accents like plants. Brightly colored throw pillows can draw a buyer’s attention to an area that might be overlooked.
Keep the flow going.
The last thing you want is people bumping into furniture as they tour your home; it disrupts their focus and makes your space look cramped. Do a dry run as though you’re seeing your home for the first time and tweak anything that interrupts the “flow.” Your furniture should fit the scale of the room, so remove of any extra or oversized items that could make your space look smaller than it really is.
Increase the curb appeal.
Insure sure your home’s exterior looks exceptional. Weed your flower beds, trim any over grown shrubs, touch up any peeling paint and clear the walkway. Simply adding a few potted plants along the walkway can make a big difference.