The housing market continues to be on fire for sellers in our area because of Covid-19. Whether you want to pack, stage or declutter, remember to try and do it in stages and not get overwhelmed! I believe this trend will last well into the new year, leaving time for a homeowner to make a plan on how best to sell your home. Think of your home as a “box.” The outside is just as important as the inside. Many potential buyers often do a quick drive first to see the area. Be sure to power wash, hang visible house numbers, plant greenery/flowers, wash front windows (if not all). Lighting is so important in the front, especially as we move into the shorter days of winter.

Of course decluttering is on top of the list for inside your “box.” Only keep what you need, love and use! Along with that, you really should paint all walls and trim a light and bright color, like white. I know, boring, but this says ‘ahhh a fresh palette’ to the buyers. Invest in semi-staging. Using the homeowner’s furniture and some new more current pieces and rugs can really add personality. You want to clarify the spaces to show their purpose with furnishings. Buyers need vision, they need to be guided.

Yes, I know I just said to get rid of all your clutter (and you deserve a big pat on the back if you do it), but now it's time to judiciously bring back a few elements that will really make your home appealing. Think vases of cut flowers, a basket of fresh farmer's market produce on the kitchen counter, or a bowl of lemons beside the sink. These fresh ideas are great ways to pull in the buyers that don’t have a lot of time to renovate or make big decisions on what they need to do first? Your “box” will have a good foundation that they can start with and add to as time goes on.

If you need help preparing your home for sale or rent, offers decluttering, light-packing and even full staging with 6 rooms of new, stylish furniture to help make your “box” that beautiful, warm and functional home and lifestyle that most buyers are looking for.