The way you live in your house and the way you sell your house are two different things.
Your house is competing with others that are listed for sale so you’ll want to make it always look its best. You don’t have to be perfect, just diligent about keeping your house show-ready.
The entrance to your house sets the stage for the rest of the house. Messy? Cluttered? It could reflect the rest of the house and with a cluttered mess, buyers cannot see their things in your house. If they cannot picture the house as their’s, they will move on and your house will sit that much longer on the market.
Here are some tips for the entryway to your house.
- Make sure all lights and lamps are working to brighten up the area.
- Does the doorbell work? Replace it if it does not work or if it appears to have broken parts.
- Fix the door if it squeaks, jams or if the lock sticks.
- Wash the windows in and around the door.
- Keep the entryway free of clutter.If your family tradition is to remove your shoes and toss them in a basket near the door, put the basket somewhere else and out of the way.
- The entry table and shelves should be free of clutter.
- Clear out the front closet. Buyers will look inside and would like to see the size. If it is jammed with out-of-season clothes and other items, it will look too small.
You are planning to move soon anyway, so start packing things you won’t need while the house is on the market. If you need to rent a storage unit until you move, it may be a great investment. A staged, uncluttered house that is priced right and well maintained tends to sell quickly.
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing