The beginning of a new year is a time where many of us vow to make changes in our lives that will create more success, happiness, or motivation during the next 365 days. Now is also a great time to make some updates and upgrades around your home in order to prep your home for potential buyers looking to make a move in the new year.
First things first, finally get around to those “honey-do’s” that keep getting put off. This is the time to make the repairs and finish the tasks that will help your home really shine. The toilet that runs, the scuffs on the baseboards, and the yard that needed to be raked two weeks ago all need to get crossed off before you can sell your home. A buyer needs to be able to picture their life in the home but if they’re already tallying a list of items that need to be done during a walk-through, your home might seem like more of a chore than a treasure.
On a similar note, decluttering is also necessary to entice potential buyers. Clearing up room in your home allows interested viewers to envision themselves living in the home and helps them make a more personal connection with a listing. Start by removing pictures of yourself or your family from the home and clearing knick-knacks off furniture and countertops. By having less around the house to distract buyers, their imaginations can run wild with the idea of what life might look like in the home.
Now on the other hand, let’s say your home is empty because perhaps you have already moved into your next house. This can also make it difficult for interested buyers to see themselves living in the home. Professional staging can take care of this. Adding furniture and décor to an empty room can add life to a space that needs it. Another option beyond physical staging is virtual staging. Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty is a revolutionary augmented reality (AR) mobile app that allows one to see rooms in a home virtually staged as they are being toured. Potential buyers can visualize what an empty home will look like fully furnished, just by holding up and looking through their mobile devices.
Additionally, a photography upgrade may be in order for the new year as well. Professional photography allows your home to stand out online, which is where most buyers begin their research process in the first place. Try to have your home’s photography match the current season. For example, if it’s the middle of winter, snowy photography will likely be the most appealing because it shows what the home looks like at that time. Similarly, sunny photography with greenery will be more powerful during the summer when homebuyers are dreaming of a warm afternoon in their new abode.
LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to these small, but necessary tips to spruce up your home both in-person and online to create the best possible outcome for sellers. Consult with a trusted real estate advisor today to learn more about how your real estate goals can be achieved in 2020 by calling 303.893.3200 or visiting livsothebysrealty.com. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is the local expert for all of your Colorado real estate needs.