My clients often ask me what they can do to give their home an advantage over other homes currently on the market. By making a few small changes, you can give your home the extra ‘oomph’ it needs to attract potential buyers during showings and open houses.
Bedrooms are one of the most important areas of a home. It seems especially difficult for sellers to keep their rooms “showing ready” at all times. You want to keep it clean and organized, but you also still need to live, work, and sleep in those areas.
– Keep it Clean. Keeping your bedroom clean should be a top priority. It’s important for showings and open houses, and it’s a pretty good habit to maintain in your daily life, too. It’s easier to keep a room clean than it is to clean up a big mess, so try your hardest to remember to keep things organized and tidy.
– Declutter. One of the biggest issues I see in the bedrooms of homes on the market is the amount of clutter they’ve accumulated. Most people sort through their belongings and downsize when it’s time to move, but it could be beneficial to go through your things and get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year before you list. It’s hard for potential buyers to imagine that space being theirs when they’re looking at a collection of everything you own. If you don’t want to throw anything away, consider getting a head start on packing and moving it to the basement or storage. You really want the space to be as decluttered and open as possible.
– Use an Air Freshener. A small plug in air freshener in a room can make a huge difference. Since people tend to spend a lot of time in their bedrooms, they typically tend to become accustomed to any smells or odors that have taken over the space. An air freshener can make a room smell fresh and give potential buyers a better feeling about the room.
– Clean Your Closets. Sometimes people end up cramming things into closets in an attempt to make the room look less decluttered, but all that does is ruin the view of the closet. While a buyer could be impressed with the amount of stuff you’ve managed to fit in there, they’re probably just not going to be able to see the true size of the space, which can end up having a negative impact on their opinion of the house.
– Consider painting. While you might love your neon green walls, all it says to the buyer is that they have to spend money and time painting before they can move in. Neutral colors are best, and you might get more and higher offers if your rooms appeal to more buyers. I know that you wanted to make that space uniquely yours, but now you’re trying to show someone else that it could be theirs, and the best way to do that is to choose a neutral color that says “move-in ready”.
Try to downsize and declutter all of your bedrooms, but above all, make sure that they’re clean. Remove your personal items and let the space speak for itself. A clean, neutral-colored open room is much easier for buyers to imagine living in than a cluttered, brightly painted one.