Spring is in the air and that means home buying season is ramping up. We asked agents and interior designers from around the country for tips to help sellers make their homes stand out on the market. Here are the top three things they shared that you can pass along to your clients.
First impression is key
- Make sure the home has curb appeal. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to get buyers excited — even before they step inside the home.
- To get the biggest return on investment, focus on smaller projects. Top recommended projects include landscaping, entrance, patio/porch and sidewalk. “A fresh and clean entrance goes a long way to establishing a positive first impression,” says Valencia, Calif. agent Cyndi Lesinski.
- Sounds simple, but it’s one of the most important things to do before selling. Chris Speicher recommends minimizing the amount of furniture and removing personal belongings to make the home feel more spacious.
Design and stage for the masses
- Use neutral wall colors to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. New carpet and a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for refreshing a home, suggests Kevin Lisota. At a minimum, swap out knob-style cabinet hardware for lever-style handles.
- Staging is a great way to attract buyers. Agents recommend staging the home when it’s vacant and before professional photos are taken. Lisota adds that staging a home can make it easier for buyers who would otherwise have trouble envisioning the space.