Make an entrance
“The number-one, top most important item is the exterior,” says Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV’s Income Property, who has teamed up with low-commission brokerage Owners.com. “If we can’t get people through the door, it’s hard to make them make a purchase.” He recommends upgrading your front door so it’s clean, secure, and has matching hardware with the house numbers. Start with these tricks for boosting curb appeal.
Tuck away photos
When buyers are walking through a home, they’re trying to envision themselves living there—hard to do when they’re surrounded by the framed faces of someone else’s family. “Remove any type of family photos, anything overly personal in the home, because you want to make it appeal to the largest demographic possible,” says Laura Bonucchi, director of interior design for Designed to SELL Homes, LLC. Click here to find out what your home says about your personality.
Make your color palette more neutral
Beige isn’t the only choice for neutrals—go for gray too to keep you home looking clean and appealing. “You’re looking to appeal to 90 percent of the people 90 percent of the time,” says McGillivray. “The majority of people should feel comfortable in the space—not excited, not upset.” If you do want a pop of color, use it as an accent in pillows, paintings, and other items, he says. Try these foolproof tricks to create a color scheme.