February 27th, 2012 8:20 AM by
If you are trying to sell your Joint Base Charleston home then it really pays off to go to a little extra effort to impress your buyers. Some studies show it takes buyers only seven seconds to decide whether or not they are going to buy a home once they set foot in a house. That it is why it so crucial to make a good impression and also why “staging” a home for sale is such a fine art.
However not all of us have the cash on hand, or the time and energy, to do things that are really going to flip your home over to the next buyer quickly. For instance, not everybody has the cash on hand to install a brand new flashy Jacuzzi complete with freestanding brass towel warmers and new stone tile floors. However you might have the money on hand to install new faucets, paint the walls and replace the old door handles.
Here are some quick and easy ways to make your home show like a model home for under $200. These are easy-to-do tips and the type of thing an interior decorator would advise you to do to help “stage" a property so it is more attractive to Charleston military buyers. The goal of this “top ten list: is to give you hints on how to make your home show better than your competitor’s home!
It doesn’t take much – and the results can be well worth your time!
1. Clear the Clutter
You can get rid of all of the junk in your home for free. This means getting rid of “stuff” in the front yard, back yard, hallway and basement. Studies have shown that people perceive clutter as meaning a property may be rundown. They also associate it with decay and the presence of vermin or bugs.
Get rid of the ashtrays.
You should also get rid of all junk in your yard. This includes things like broken garden hoses, old equipment and bicycles.
You also need to clear your kitchen counters - This means clearing your kitchen counter of anything that takes up counter space.
Outside you should make sure that your garden hoses are coiled up, your birdbath is clean of leaves and that you do not have sports equipment or bikes laying around your front porch.
2. Clean Up After the Pets
Hide the litter box and any evidence of it’s aroma. Put away the dog beds and toys. Make sure there are no dog feces in the front yard. This type of thing, along with its smells can convince Charleston military buyers that there are allergens in the house, or that the home is unclean. Houses with more pets are also considered to be less desirable than ones with no pets at all.
3. Put Away the Kids Stuff
Get rid of strollers on the porch, inflatable kiddy pools in the back yard and any toys that may be lying around in the hallway. Get rid of baby gates and make sure there are no handprints or crayon drawings on the wall.
4. Clean the Yard & Porch
The front yard and porch are very important as that is what your buyer will first see when they approach the home. Make sure that the grass is cut and that the garden is nicely tended.
If you have to, reseed the lawn and plant a few decorative bushes. It also does not hurt to spruce up the front door with a coat of paint and replace the house number plates and the door knocker with new versions.
It also helps a lot to get rid of dead trees or bushes that may be on the property. Many people associate that with a lack of caring for the property.
5. Fix the Walkway
The path to your front door and the driveway are also very important. Sunken paving stones or missing rocks make your home look ratty and cheap. It is quite easy to buy new stones, level them and redo these pathways. Curved path ways look more contemporary than ones that are at right angles.
6. Paint, Paint, Paint!
If you have a wall that looks scratched up, beaten or damaged you are well advised to paint it. This can go a long way towards making your Joint Base Charleston home look less shabby. You should also make an attempt to plaster any holes or crumbled parts of walls in your home as well. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way!!
7. Replace Outdated Fixtures
If your chandelier or light fixtures look dated, then replace them. You can also make a home look more contemporary and like it is worth more money simply by making a few cosmetic changes like changing the light switch plates or electrical plates to designer versions.
8. Change Faucets & Spouts
Sometimes you can make a kitchen or bathroom look really glamorous simply by changing out your old faucets and spouts for new upgraded ones. There are lots of different styles on the market that can instantly transform a sink into a contemporary masterpiece of design and many of these fixtures cost well under $200 and are quite easy to install by yourself.
A tall spigot on a kitchen sink can make it look suddenly very European and modern. Replacing the shower head in the bathroom with a something like a rainfall shower head, can make it seem more luxurious and expensive.
9. Add Flowers & Greenery
If you have cleared all the clutter, then you should have a home that looks more simple and kind of Zen in nature. One way to augment this air of designer sophistication is to put flowers or vases of tall grasses in every room.
For instance if you have a dining room table it is a good idea to put a display of fruit or flowers on the center table.. It is also quite chic to place a small display of flowers or bamboo in the bathroom. A rose floating in a bowl of water looks nice reflected in a dresser mirror in a bedroom.
10. Make the House Smell Good
It’s been proven that if an item for sale makes some kind of impression on the nose then people are also more likely to buy it.
One of the tricks that Joint Base Charleston professionals use is to simply bake some cookies in the over so the scent of cinnamon and vanilla fills the air as potential buyers walk in the front door. This gives a place a more homey effect.
It is also nice to have aromatherapy candles burning in places like a downstairs bathroom where things might be a little dark. Soy candles are especially aromatic.
You can even buy vanilla, cinnamon or apple pie scents that mimic the smells of baking. Tropical scents such as pineapple and mango are also used by professionals to encourage people to buy.
You can do it! With an eye for design and just a few hundred bucks you can usually fix up your Joint Base Charleston home in one weekend!
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