“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is so true when it comes to real estate. Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions a person will make. That tends to make it an emotional decision as well. The way a potential buyer “feels” when they enter a home can make a big impact on their overall impression of the property.
This is one of the reasons our team invests in a professional stager and photographer for all of our listings. Knowing that most home searches begin online, we take the steps necessary to ensure your home presents well in person and in the online listing.
If you’re getting your home ready to sell, or you just want to give it a refresh for the New Year, check out these three tips from our staging expert, Julie Casey:
1. Neutralize. Neutralize. Neutralize. If there is something in your home that doesn’t resonate well with a potential buyer, it can be a real distraction and sometimes even a deal breaker (even if it is an easy fix!). When you decide to sell your home, you need to detach yourself from it – literally. Evaluate your décor and remove “extra” or personal items – think photos, collections, etc. The goal is to give your home a clean, streamlined look so that potential buyers can envision themselves in the space.
2. Think in Threes. You may have heard the tip from decorators to place items in odd-numbered clusters. This is generally a good rule of thumb. When staging, try to limit your décor to no more than three items on top of any one piece of furniture. This is a good check to help keep clutter under control for clean presentation!
3. Open and Inviting. Start at the entrance of your home. As you stand at the front door looking inward, is there anything impeding your line of sight into the home? Then, go room by room to make sure each is as open and inviting as possible. If you walk into the back of the couch in your living room, try reconfiguring your furniture to create an open entry. If there is a large piece of furniture close to a door entry, find a way to move it or remove it from the room. You want to draw the eye inward to attract potential buyers into the space.
Like What You See?
The photos above do a good job showing the right way to set your space. If you like what you see, you’re in luck – this south Olathe home will be on the market next week!
Located in Stonebridge Meadows, this 4-bedroom home was built in 2011. It is the popular Middleton II floorplan by Hilman Home Building. The open concept features a walk-in pantry, mudroom and bonus room ideal for a den, office or playroom on the first floor. Upstairs, the master suite boasts a dual vanity, soaking tub, euro shower and large walk-in closet. A bedroom level laundry room provides space for ironing and storage. Outdoor features include a fenced yard, sprinkler system and partially covered composite deck!
Call me to learn more or to be one of the first to see this move-in-ready home! You can reach me on my cell anytime at (913) 980-2434.