September 3, 2021

When it’s time to sell your home, it all comes down to attracting the right buyers and closing the deal. And that starts with making a good first impression.

Chances are prospective buyers will tour your home through property photos, open houses, and/or virtual showings. If you want your showings to go well, you must make any improvements necessary and capture your property in the best light.

Bedroom with two twin beds and grey walls with pink curtains, light natural light, frederick md townhouse
Large living room with brown couch and dining room with sunny windows in background, frederick md townhouse

Fortunately, there are plenty of simple, budget-friendly ways to get your home ready to impress. Empire Photography has listed a few ideas to help you get off to a great start:

Purge and declutter.

First of all, it’s essential to get rid of any belongings that are not absolutely necessary while your home is on the market. Go through your closets, kitchen, bedrooms, and every other living space, and sort every item into one of four piles: keep, sell, donate, or discard.

If you want to make a little bit of money, consider selling any gently-used items online. For the things you can’t sell, try to recycle or donate them if possible. While you’re at it, organize the remaining items in your home to make way for easy cleaning and staging.

Clean everywhere.

The next step is to clean every surface of every space in your home. Perspective buyers will examine every nook and cranny when they tour your home. Leave no corner unturned. Start at the ceilings and make your way down to the floors, wiping and scrubbing every surface squeaky clean.

Remove the personal.

Part of staging your home will be to depersonalize it. Remember that you want your buyers to be able to envision themselves living in the home, so it’s important to disconnect your emotions and memories from the property during this time. Collect any family photos, refrigerator art, trophies, and other personal items to take with you to your new home.

Home-stage for the win.

If you want to attract more interest to your listing, staging your home is the way to do it. Not only will effective home staging bring more potential buyers through the door, but it will also enable you to increase your asking price.

There are many ways to stage a home. But focusing on curb appeal, maximizing the natural light flowing in, and highlighting your property’s most striking assets are the most effective strategies. It may be worth the investment to work with a professional home stager who will know exactly what color schemes, furniture, and decor can present your home in the best light.

Shop local.

When you’re going over furniture and decor with the home stager, try to purchase the items you can from a local home goods supplier. Not only will this support the local economy, but it’s also a way to score good deals on high-quality artisan products. Bring this up in discussion with your home stager as you’re creating a budget.

Hire a professional photographer.

Finally, your listing photos will play a major role in the success or failure of your home sale. And you want to go further than simply snapping a few photos on your smartphone.

By hiring a professional like Empire Photography, you can ensure the highest quality photos that will maximize the appeal of your entire property. Not only will I use top-of-the-line equipment, but I have the passion and skills necessary to produce beautiful real estate images!

If you want to sell your home fast and at a price that you are satisfied with, you need to knock your showing out of the park. Make sure you take the time to purge any items that you don’t need, and declutter each space. Clean every surface of your home, and remove any personal items that could hinder buyers from imagining themselves living in your home. Lastly, professionally stage your home, shop for home goods locally, and hire a photographer to capture your property in all its glory!

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