Eight Tips for Adding Instant Appeal to Your Waxhaw Home (Part 1)


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The home selling market in Charlotte is heating up and it’s just in time for Summer.

You want to sell your home in the shortest possible time for the highest possible price, right?



Of course, that is every seller’s goal and it’s your Realtor®’s goal, too.

There are eight things you can do immediately to prepare your home for professional pictures and showings. 

Let’s take a look at the first four items on the list of things you can do to add instant appeal to your home, whether you’re doing it for yourself or to impress a buyer.

  1. Follow the 50% rule. Look at every flat surface in your house and take at least 50% of the items away. This goes for kitchen and bathroom counters, desktops, bookshelves, and dressers. Maybe you do use that blender/toaster/coffeemaker/Alexa every day, but for now, keep it out of sight and get it out only when you need it.

  2. 50% your closets too. If stuff tumbles to the floor every time you open a closet or a cupboard, you won’t impress your buyers. An overstuffed closet tells a buyer that you don’t have enough storage space. So get out the packing boxes, pretend you’re moving next week, and streamline every space. The buyer needs to know there’s plenty of room for his (or her) stuff.

  3. Don’t get personal. When a buyer walks through your front door, you want her to imagine herself living in your home. This won’t happen if the walls are covered with family pictures and the refrigerator door is decorated with childlike Picassos. Add these items to your packing list. Let the buyer see a clean slate, ready for her to add her own personal touches.

  4. Brighten up. Walkthrough your home after dark and on a cloudy day. Does it look bright, cheerful, and welcoming? Start by getting some brighter light bulbs to shed some light on those dark corners. Make sure there are no burned out bulbs anywhere. Check the porch lights and outdoor lighting as well.

Homes do not sell themselves. It takes planning and effort on your part to turn your property into a showplace.

The payoff is the look on that prospective buyer’s face that says, “I want this one!”

If you’re thinking of selling your home and want more advice, visit thecltlife.com and contact Jimmy Grappone today to schedule a personal consultation.

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