Accentuate your best features
Putting your best foot forward, making a great first impression, and accentuating your best features is not just for the latest dating app. When selling your home, you need to do the exact same thing. Think of it as finding your home the perfect match.
Here are a few tips on how to shine the light on your home's best features:
- Strategically lighting your home, even during daytime showings, can create a cozy mood and highlight positive attributes of each room, so...
- Avoid the use of overhead lighting that makes rooms look washed out and lifeless. Fluorescent lighting is a great energy-saving feature, but does not show well. Stick with soft, warm light (warm LED or halogen preferred)
- Be creative and arrange lamps to help smaller rooms seem larger, and large rooms seem more intimate.
- Use lighting to highlight the "living areas" of your home, such as a pair of chairs near a fireplace, or a table in a breakfast area.
How we live in a home and how we sell a home are often two different things. Try to see your home with a fresh perspective and arrange each room to bring out its best attributes, including:
- Keep windows and floors clean.
- Replace faded wallpaper and glue any areas that have come away from the wall.
- Repair worn woodwork.
- Repaint scarred or dirty walls in a neutral color.
- Steam clean carpeting or replace it if necessary.
- Repair loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, broken light switches and other minor flaws.
- Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers.
Try to see your home with a fresh perspective and arrange each room to bring out its best attributes, including:
- Open draperies and curtains to let the light in during the showing.
- Remove all unnecessary clutter from your attic, basement and closets to better display spacious rooms (consider storage or a garage sale to dispose of extraneous items).
- Arrange all your rooms neatly and remove excess furniture. Keep fresh, clean towels in the bathroom. Use candles or air fresheners to make the room smell pleasant.