Ok, this is the one that most agents will say you “have” to do… and frankly, we often don’t see it make that much of a difference. More importantly, you actually need to be careful that it doesn’t make a negative impression.
Realtors will tell you that well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are, and that opening drapes and blinds and turning on lights make a room seem bright and cheery.
That is true, but also, it’s our experience that most potential buyers have their own tastes, and the sad reality is that it’s unlikely that they’ll like the way you have it decorated. However, there are definitely some things that need to be done to maximize the first impression and show off your home’s best features:
- Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
- Clean all flooring and fixtures – lights, fans.
- Repair all plumbing leaks.
- Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and extra personal goods.
- Turn on all lights and open the drapes during the daytime.
- Vacate the property when and if it’s being show to prospective buyers.
Also; many realtors will tell you to play music and have nice scented products to make it smell nice. Honestly, the first impression when people walk into a staged home that smells too obviously “good” is what are they trying to cover up? Does it normally smell like smoke? Dog pee?