Buyer's want to see magazine worthy spaces, but who lives like that!?! Don't worry, getting your home ready to sell doesn't have to break the bank, nor does it require you to move out.
Here are some tips to dazzle the buyers, and who knows, maybe you'll change your mind and decide to stay!
DECLUTTER - it is very distracting and hard to get past all the 'stuff' in the home, plus it makes it appear smaller. Take out all unnecessary furniture and knick-knacks. It is a good idea to pick everything off the floor and clean off surfaces. Make sure any books or papers are in a neat pile, too. If it isn't used daily, put it away and store it if possible. Unfinished basements are great for storing unneeded items.
LIGHTEN UP THE WALLS - you may love burgundy in your dining room, or emerald green in the foyer, but dark colours closes a space in and most people prefer light, airy colours. You want to appeal to the masses, plus the less someone invasions themselves doing when they move in, the more likely you will get a great offer from them. So do the work upfront and it will pay off in your wallet in the end.
DEPERSONALIZE - you love your kids, we know that, but people going through your house want to see themselves in it, not be reminded that you host holiday celebrations with 75 of your closest friends and family. Put those memories away while you are trying to sell your home so others can see what they can do with the space.
FIX WHAT IS BROKEN - and out of date! Change the light fixtures if they are sad looking and install new drawer pulls or cabinet handles. Show people your pride of ownership and that the house is move in ready. Also be sure everything in your home works properly; replace light bulbs, fix the leaky faucet, replace the cracked faceplate on your light switches. Get them replaced so buyers are not complaining and low balling you.
CURB APPEAL - everyone sees the outside of the home and they all will have an opinion when asked. When someone is interested in your home and they run it by their friends and family, do not give them a reason to say anything negative. Clean up the flower beds, plant some perennials and add some flair! Make your yard the one they love and entices them to look further.
Good luck with the process and try to have fun with it!