McCleary Group’s Megan McCleary, a top real estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway in Hinsdale, is also a certified staging consultant! Here are her top tips for prepping your home before putting it on the market this spring!
1. THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Pricing is critical, because your first two to four weeks on the market are going to bring in the most interest and activity.
Typically, the areas people need to de-clutter most are the closets. The goal is to demonstrate how much space you have.
Take down the pictures, the children’s artwork, the memorabilia— anything that speaks directly about the homeowner. You want a buyer to walk in and feel like it could be their home.
4. CLEAN SWEEP
If the home is immaculate, the perception is that it’s been well maintained. A dirty home is a turnoff, even if the house is stunning.
5. THE COLOR OF MONEY
Painting is one of the cheapest things you can do to update the look of your home, and neutral tones (pale grays, creams, beiges) are most appealing. It’s hard for buyers to see past bright colors.
Anything that’s broken should either be repaired or replaced, because it will come up in the home inspection. Simple things like changing cabinet knobs or switching out light fixtures can freshen up a kitchen or bath.
7. FLOWER POWER
Pay attention to your landscaping when the season allows. For a quick fix, put a couple of large pre-potted plants at the front door. And don’t forget to put fresh flowers in the house.
8. LIGHT IT UP
Not only should very light bulb in your house be working, they should all match. Prior to a showing, all the lights in the house should be turned on.
9. EVERY HOME IS A STAGE
There are many different levels of staging, from rearranging the furniture to make it look more spacious, to filling voids when personal items are removed, to completely furnishing unfurnished homes. It doesn’t have to be a budget buster.
10. SECRET STASH
Always have a laundry basket handy, where you quickly stash all your mail, and other personal items. Put it in your car and your house will be ready to show.