Not sure which rooms are most important to buyers? Our list should help you focus your energies on the right places. 1. Entry - whatever room buyers will enter into first in your home is essential. If there are several possibilities, work with your agent to determine which sends the best message. Entering in through your mudroom/laundry area might be easiest but if your front door opens into a dramatic foyer go with that. Obviously, we are currently buried under almost 100" of snow here in the Boston area so use your judgement. If buyers have to scale a mountain of snow, that is not really sending the right message either.
2. Kitchen - a kitchen is an essential part of any home regardless of the size. This is where people tend to congregate and families live their lives. Make sure that surfaces are clean, free of clutter, and boasting some decorative items like a bowl of bright fruit, a tray with bottles of Pellegrino, small plants, etc. Draw buyers attention to special details like counter seating area, built in wine racks, decorative shelving.
3. Family Rooms or Living Rooms - whichever you have that is the most cozy and where people will likely congregate is the most important. Again, make sure the space is clutter-free, has a good flow, and buyers have access to nice details like a gorgeous fireplace or large lovely window.
4. Master Bedroom - whatever your master looks like, you need to make the most of it. Make sure you are not cramming a ton of furniture into the space, the bed is made with nice, clean linens, and the room gets an appropriate amount of light. Remove items like treadmills or other exercise equipment.
5. Closets - closets throughout the home are essential. Buyers never want to feel like they might outgrow a home in a couple of years. Your job as a seller is to show them that you have not outgrown the home at all - storage is abundant in your home.
6. Tricky or small rooms - do not make the mistake of cramming a bed into a room that is too small to handle one. All you are proving to buyers is that a bed does not fit. Trust us on this one. Instead make the room a nice office, quiet reading nook, or playroom.
7. Really stunning spaces - any room that is a show-stopper should really be shown off. Do your best to bring it to the next level to really wow buyers.
8. Bathrooms - these rooms are easy. Remove clutter, clean the living daylights out of them, remove floor mats, add in pretty soaps and nice fluffy towels and viola - you are done!