Raleigh is one of the most desirable home locations in the nation, and with fewer properties on the market for prospective buyers than the national average the Raleigh listings need to stick out among the slim pickings. Since there is low inventory in the area you need to prepare your home as best as possible in order to make it stand out in a good way for it’s unique touches, rather than any issues. In order to make your potential buyers feel like they are home, follow our following tips:
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
The first impression for the buyer upon entering your home is of utmost importance. If your home is devoted to your wedding photos or pictures of the children over the years, your guests will have trouble picturing themselves living here.
Take a close look at each room. What furniture can you live without? A clean, minimal look is what you are going for. It is time to pack up extra books, photos, toys and furniture and whisk them away until your home has sold.
One simple trick to making your living area appealing is arranging the furniture into conversation groupings, pulling the furniture away from the walls and defining the traffic pattern through the rooms. The space will look larger and evoke the feeling of warm get-togethers and family events.
Too Much Color?
Look at the color palette throughout the home. The bold, bright colors you chose may scream “you,” but you want the prospective buyer to picture themselves living in your home, so some neutral colors may be needed. Choosing warm, neutral colors can pull a home together. If your home needs updating, a fresh coat of neutral paint will give your rooms a facelift without a blow to the budget.
Make sure to highlight outdoor spaces. Raleigh has a marvelous climate for indoor/outdoor living throughout the year, so be sure to stage a sunporch or deck as an entertaining area. A screened porch or sunroom painted soft green will highlight the outdoor feel. Be sure to bring the outdoors indoor throughout the home by using seasonal blooms, fresh flowers or soft ferns from your yard.
Relaxing Personal Spaces
A main selling point for any home is the master bedroom and master bath. Make sure your master looks like a relaxing, inviting retreat. Invest in nice linens, neutral and airy window coverings, and soft lighting. Once again, be sure to declutter. Clean the closets because you know potential buyers will be checking for space and the more excess clothes and shoes you remove, the larger they appear. Be sure the bathroom is squeaky clean, and use elegant accessories for a spa-like feel. Add rolled towels, candles and fresh flowers for an extra special touch.
The kitchen is usually a huge factor in every home sale. Clear off countertops and store extra appliances for a sleek look. If the kitchen needs a facelift, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new hardware is the answer. Painting the kitchen and adjacent dining area the same neutral color can make your space appear larger.
Raleigh, NC, is a home location of choice, and your home will be the answer to another family’s dream. There will be much more interest in your home through your careful use of color and space instead of a cluttered and distracting mess. For more information about preparing your home to sell, please don’t hesitate to contact us.