DISPLAY OR PACK: 10 ITEMS TO PUT AWAY BEFORE SHOWING YOUR HOME

(August 21, 2017 , posted in Buying and Selling)

A well staged home will not only sell faster, but it increases the opportunity for wooing potential buyers. What kind of first impression do you want your home to leave?

With so many houses on the market, knowing the right way to stage your home goes a long way. When buyers walk into your home, their time inside is limited, and they want to envision their life in that space, not necessarily how you lived in the house. By simply de-cluttering, you can downplay the uninviting features of your home, while still showcasing the best attributes.

As you prepare to sell your home, here are 10 items worth concealing:

Outdoor Chaos

When a potential buyer pulls up your driveway, the last thing you'd want for them to experience would be disinterest in your home before they even step inside. If your driveway and front entrance are cluttered with dying plants, unfinished projects, and miscellaneous kid toys, a prospective buyer might be afraid to imagine what lies within. Amp up your curb appeal by hiding away excess items that pull attention away from the home. Keep your flowerbeds weeded and well watered. To create a homey first impression, make sure your front porch is tidy, and consider adding a pretty wreath or a new welcome mat. According to HGTV Designer, Lisa LaPorta, “Plant flowers in bloom, and you'll have buyers swarming like bees to your front door.”

Ditch the Dirt

Nothing could be more off setting then a home that is dirty or riddled with a nasty smell. One of the best things you can do to help promote a fast home sale is to deep clean your home. Do your best to keep animal odors at bay, by keeping litter boxes in the garage and having the carpets cleaned thoroughly. When a potential buyer walks into your sparkly clean house and sees the light beaming in through the windows, this will give them a warm impression right away.

Personal Touches

We have all been inside those homes that feel like so much more than a house because they are so distinctly decorated to embrace the family within. As lovely as this notion is, when you are showing your home to potential buyers they don't want to envision your family in the space, they want to start dreaming about what life would look like within those walls for themselves. Do your best to stowaway your personal items and only leave out pieces that accent your home in terms of space and design.

Toys and Pet Accessories

As you prepare to show your home, you want to remove anything that might create a mental block for potential buyers. Do you best to keep the amount of child and pet related clutter to a minimum. Though there is nothing wrong with these items and you might very well end up selling your home to a family who adores animals and children, these accessories can be distracting. Patricia-Anne Tom of realtor.com, shares, “Even if your home is immaculate, the presence of pet-related items will give the impressions that it's dirty. Be sure to remove all traces of your pet—including toys, food dishes and photos—before listing your home for sale.” By creating a more streamlined space, you allow the potential buyer to focus more clearly on your home instead of clutter.

Crowded Counters

It will be very difficult for someone to walk into your kitchen and imagine cooking up their first Thanksgiving feast as a family, if they can barely see the counter. The best thing you can do is store away all your extra appliances and keep your counters looking fresh and bare. This provides the potential buyer with the opportunity to really explore the space. They will be able to better see the design and functionality of the home. Every counter in your home should be less about what is on it and more about how much space is available. A clear counter gives a clean finished look.

Busy Patterns and Odd Colors

Lime green might be your favorite color, but as you prepare your home for sale, you have to get inside the buyers head. Avoid bombarding potential buyers with over-the-top colors and wacky patterns. These features not only can date the home instantly, but they can also be ultimately distracting. Make a conscious effort to stick with a neutral color scheme. This leaves your home looking like a blank canvas ready to be turned into someone's next dream home.

Odd Furniture

The positioning of your furniture should be intentional, in order to show off the size and functionality of your home. Try to steer clear of arrangements that create awkward space or waste useful areas of your home. Your furniture should also give a room a distinct job. Instead of leaving your spare room cluttered with a treadmill, desk, and futon, give that space a clear use and get rid of the distracting pieces.

Stuffed Closets

Avoid stuffing your closets to the brim. Buyers typically want to see all that a house has to offer and this includes ample storage space. Aim to leave your closets empty enough to demonstrate their functionality and highlight their size.

Broken Fixtures 

When a potential buyer walks into a home and sees a heap of little undone projects, it communicates a poor level of household care. Take the extra time to tie up those loose-ends and finish out your to-do-list of home improvements.

Boring Bathroom

You might not think of your bathroom as a huge selling point, but on the contrary, a spa like bathroom can be very enticing to a potential buyer. Turn that lackluster space into a little retreat by sticking with fresh neutral colors. Hide away those old bathrobes and tuck those frayed toothbrushes under the sink. Buyers want to envision a place they can relax and freshen up after a long day. Try displaying plush towels, beautiful soaps, and bath salts near the tub.