I almost put my house on the market for sale this weekend. To get ready for interviewing a realtor at home, I changed new toilet seats in all four bathrooms, bought a box of magic erasers to clean up, changed new towels in the bathrooms, plugged in air refreshers, replaced new light bulbs, and changed a new shower curtain in the upstair’s hall bathroom. Deck was updated with a new color. Since grey and taupe colors were in this year, I chose grey as the new stain color for a coat of fresh paint of the deck. The driveway was power washed. And the lawn edges were trimmed.
I told my kids what’s going on after the realtor left, but they were against the idea of moving. Besides, I’m barely breakeven at best if I sell now, which made me a little reluctant as well. However, from this experience, I did learn how to stage a house to make it appealing to buyers. The overall impression should be clean, bright, and airy. Here’s a detailed list.
Outside curb appeal:
- Power wash front door and touch up front door paint
- Power wash driveway
- Power wash sidings
- Have beautiful flowers in two flower pots on stoop by front door
- Mow lawn, trim edges, and bushes
- Deck table and chairs should be placed in the center, and bench should be placed by deck railing far from the sliding door/window.
- Know what colors are in and have some in the house, e.g., white, green, blue, grey, and taupe for the year of 2017.
- All lights working both inside and outside, and have light bulbs in the same style
- No trash cans, mops, brooms, etc. visible. Hide them in the garage.
- Less is more, i.e., reduce the amount of furniture in the house and every room. Minimal decoration as well.
- Rearrange furniture
- Every room has a defined, distinct purpose
- Arrange furniture against walls to make space look bigger in any room
- Clean everywhere including baseboard
- Touch up paints in rooms
- Choose a lighter shade of fabric shower curtains and bed covers
- Shower curtains should be draped outside of shower tubs
- No towels in the bathroom
- No personal pictures, etc. displaying/showing
- No area rugs
- No plants
- No religious items
- Nothing or minimal stuff on kitchen and bathroom counters
- No heavy drapery/window treatments
- Hide electronic wires
- Air fresheners should be plugged in discrete places like behind a sofa, etc.
- Open sheers up to let the rights in
- Straighten up pictures
- Have dehumidifier running the entire time in basement until showing to put it away
- Only one big picture on hallway walls to avoid overpowering
- Empty displaying shelves, package stuff up, and line the packing boxes in the garage
- Polish hardwood floors and rails