Happenings Media (HM): What are the top things homeowners could be doing right now to prepare to sell? Repairs, decluttering, gardening … what else?
Jacqueline Hillgrube (JH): Start with the outside – curb appeal sets the tone. Then go inside. Check for peeling paint, stains on drywall, loose trims, anything peeling. A can of paint goes a long way. It is the biggest bang for your buck. Remove any deep color palettes especially in the front of the home (living, dining and foyer). Go a shade of white.
Move to the heart of the home. If repainting is not in your budget and it is deep in tones, find some white pillows and throws to diffuse. Remove additional accessories in your home, stick to no more than 2 items on your tables (3 if it is a collection). Review your lamps, you would be surprised if you put a modern light next to an older sofa. I have done several FaceTime walk thrus and was able to help the clients get ready to sell.
Remember your buyers will open the closets and drawers. Take a room, a closet, your storage area … and clean and organize. Set a goal and go after it.
HM: If homeowners want to use this time to possibly fix up an area of their house, what do you usually find to be the most cost efficient in terms of grabbing the attention of potential buyers? (Kitchen, bathroom, new appliances, etc?)
JH: Paint your home neutral, homogenize your flooring, update your appliances to stainless steel. In terms of dollar return, this is the best bang for your buck. Especially since all Americans are feeling the effects of restricted incomes.