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Are you considering listing your Des Moines home? Part of the process of putting your house on the market is making sure that your house is ready and inviting when you host an open house. There are a lot of potential buyers in the current market, but you still want your house to stand out from the competition. Here are a few of the things that prospective buyers will be paying attention to at your open house:
Buyers are going to be looking everywhere — from kitchen cabinets, to closets, to even under the beds. Keeping everything as clean as possible is crucial. Windows, mirrors, light switches, and doors should all be free of fingerprint smudges. Dust the furniture and shelves, clean the refrigerator and oven, clear the gutters… clean everything. No area will be off limits for potential buyers. Clear the clutter and do the ‘white glove test’ to make sure your home is ready to show.
Storage is at the top of a buyer’s wish list, so it’s important that the storage space in your home seems ample. The best way to accomplish this is to organize. If your kitchen cabinets are bursting at the seams with all of your kitchen gear, it may be a good idea to clear some of the items out, pack them up, and put them in storage. If a buyer looks into your pantry or your refrigerator and the shelves are completely full, they may assume that there isn’t enough space. Organize your pantry and refrigerator items, add organizational racks or baskets, or stack items to create more space. Closet space is another hot spot for storage, so make sure your closets are organized, everything is hung and folded neatly, and that it’s not too crowded.
Keep It Bright and Airy
Buyers are looking for good natural light as well as bright open spaces, so let the light in – both natural and artificial. Open the curtains and the blinds, remove any window treatments that are heavy and dark, and make sure every light bulb in the house is in good working order. If you have rooms that are painted in darker tones, they’ll appear smaller than they actually are, so it may be wise to repaint those rooms with a lighter shade to enhance the space that you have.
Enhance Your Curb Appeal
First impressions go a long way, so why not make improvements to your curb appeal? Keep your lawn and walkways maintained and trimmed, clear the cobwebs from the eaves, and add a pop of color such as potted flowers or a new brightly colored mailbox. Don’t go overboard with pink flamingos and garden gnomes – you want it to be understated but still charming, and you want your buyers to walk away thinking that this might be the home for them.
If you’d like a recommendation for a sharp, local Realtor, or if we can assist you in getting preapproved for a mortgage, please reach out to us. We’re always happy to help.