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If you're looking to sell your home in Detroit, MI soon, it pays to prepare it for viewings. The way your home looks when buyers walk through the door will impact whether they decide to buy it or not. To ensure that you impress buyers with your home and increase the likelihood they put in an offer, Michigan Realtor Jason Gelios reveals six of the best ways to prepare your home for a showing.
1. Make It Easier To Move Through the House
Selling a home is not just about what you can see when you look at it — it is also about how easy it is to move around. Create more space in your kitchen, living room, and entryway by moving furniture out of nonessential rooms. If possible, opt for moveable pieces like tables and chairs rather than heavy items that take up space.
2. Leave Personal Items Out of Sight
You do not want to decorate your Detroit, MI home with too many personal items. If a house is full of photos, jewelry, and knickknacks, it may be difficult for buyers to imagine their own family in that space. Remove these things before placing your home on the market so buyers can envision what their new life will look like in each room.
3. Use Good Lighting
Try placing lamps around your home, since these give off good warm light in colors, such as yellow or orange. A glowing atmosphere created by lamps will help show off your home to its best advantage.
4. Maintain Cleanliness
Before any open houses or showings, clean your home from top to bottom. That includes dusting, cleaning window sills, mopping floors, and washing countertops and sinks. Once that is done, get rid of clutter by donating stuff you do not need, selling items online, or putting them in storage.
Consider decluttering and organizing your home to present well in photographs and viewings. Place large and small objects in bins with colorful labels to give a decorative aspect to your home. This approach will help you organize your items before, during, and after your relocation. You may generate your own labels using free internet tools that allow you to pick a template and personalize it to your liking.
6. Improve Curb Appeal
A home’s exterior often attracts buyers, so you must focus on curb appeal. Ensure your home has been cleaned and painted, fix up outdoor lighting, add welcoming outdoor furniture and decor, and trim bushes and plants back from windows. Also, ensure front doors look clean, fresh, and inviting — sprucing them up with new fixings or a coat of paint can make all the difference to your home.
Your Home in Its Best Light
These tips will help buyers see your home at its best. Try tackling at least one of these suggestions next time you prepare your home for sale — you may find that buyer interest picks up, and you have an easier time getting what you want out of your sale.
Connect with Jason for help with your real estate goals in Detroit, MI.
Jason Gelios is a Husband and Father. After that, a Top Producing REALTOR®, Author of the book Think like a REALTOR®, Creator of The AskJasonGelios Real Estate Show and Expert Media Contributor to media outlets across the country.