Tips for Showcasing Your Home with Colleen Hord
Buying and selling a home can be a complicated process with many moving parts. One of the most important parts of that process is presenting your home in the best light. Have you ever been on a tour through a home for sale and you notice family photographs on the fridge, stacks of papers in the office, or clothing on the floor? These types of instances don't give the best first impression, so we're here to help and give you some tips so your home can be presented in a way that will greatly increase your chances of selling. Today we're speaking with Colleen Hord, a REALTOR® and one of our sales agents, who will share some ideas.
1. Curb Appeal
First impressions are lasting, so you want to make sure your home has great curb appeal. This means taking great care in the appearance of your lawn, manicuring shrubbery, and possibly including new and healthy plants in gardens or pots on the porch. You never know how detail-oriented a buyer may be, so cleaning out your gutters, power washing the outside of your home, porch, and driveway, and even possibly a fresh coat of paint if your home is looking a little worn, could spruce up your home perfectly. Be sure to fix any broken windows and blinds, clean any fingerprints from door nobs or windows, and repair any roofing problems that may have risen in the past few years. Approaching a clean, detailed home is sure to grab anyone's attention and increase their interest in your property.
The first thing a buyer thinks of when entering a home is imagining themselves and their loved ones living in the space. The best way to allow them this vision is to take down any personal items you may have around the home. This includes family portraits, to do lists, work papers, toys, and anything else of that nature. For example, in one of our listings, we demonstrated the difference by showcasing a refrigerator both with personal items and without. Not only does removing personal items open up the home and make it feel collected and clean, but it also allows a potential buyer to imagine their own personal items in the space, which can increase their chance of buying it. A great way to declutter is also to donate unused or unwanted items in your home. This helps both you and someone in need; life is better with win-win's. Decluttering also includes items that you may use daily, but can end up making the home feel disorganized, such as tissue boxes, cooking utensils, make-up in the bathroom, etc. Try to showcase only the large essentials with clean, organized surfaces.
3. Deep clean and organize
Buyers pay close attention to cleanliness; most want to move into a home that needs minimal to no repair or cleaning. If your carpets are in need of some deep cleaning, there are many business that either come to your home for full carpet shampooing, or that allow you to rent the equipment to do yourself. Be sure that all walls, counters, and floors are tidied and cleaned, especially those in the kitchen and bathrooms. Organize all pantries and closets to showcase the most optimal space as possible. Storage is very important to many people, so the more space you can make, the happier a potential buyer will be. Another easy tip for a cleaner home is to make all beds and hang freshly cleaned or brand new towels in the bathrooms.
4. Create a nice atmosphere
Along with cleaning and repairs, the final touches are what really make a house feel like a home. Be sure to set a nice atmosphere for potential buyers; this includes neutralizing smells in your home with plugins or subtle candles, replacing any burnt out lightbulbs with new ones to make your home bright and open, as well as opening any shades or blinds to allow natural light into the space. If your family has pets, remove them for any open houses or tours, clean up any hair they may shed, and hide any of their toys or treats. Many potential buyers are either allergic or do not wish to own pets, so they need to be able to exist in your home comfortably. The layout of your furniture is also crucial; make sure the flow of your home is natural and any pieces of furniture that look like they don't belong are removed or moved to a better location.
Although selling a home may feel like a daunting task, these easy tips will make your home more appealing and increase your selling potential. For more information or help in buying or selling a home, call our office today!
1365 Wycliffe Drive
MLS# 1717934 - Residential
Myrtle Beach, SC
Where can you find a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home and a 2 car garage within walking distance to all of the shops, restaurants, movies and fun activities within Market Common? Here at The Cottages, these free-standing condos offer a unique lifestyle of easy living. Upon entering the main level you will find a foyer with tiled floors, two good size bedrooms, a full bath including laundry connections and garage access. One of the bedrooms features sliding doors to a quiet patio. Upstairs provides a spacious and bright floor plan with vaulted ceilings. This open floor plan offers great space for entertaining and relaxation. Kitchen features Corian counters and a breakfast bar perfect for additional seating to the adjoining dining area. The Master Bedroom is located on the upper floor and offers a walk-in closet and private Master Bath. Presently the 4th bedroom is converted to an office. The screened-in porch offers another restful space to relax and enjoy and you can facilitate container gardening if you are so inclined. Another full bath is located on the 2nd floor providing added convenience for house guests. The fully enclosed over-sized garage is spacious and parking for 2 vehicles along with driveways to accommodate 2 more cars. Amenities include a beautiful private pool and easy access to Bypass 17 and Business 17, Myrtle Beach Airport, and 501. Desirable Location and Great Value here at 1365 Wycliffe Drive.