We at The Powell Group have previously discussed the importance of staging your house. After all, you want your house to look its best when potential buyers see it.
You may not think staging the basement is necessary because you don’t expect many people to go down there.
You need to tidy up every nook-and-cranny of your house. Just as you wanted to see everything when you first bought it, potential buyers will want to do the same thing. If your potential buyer is crafty and wants to have a nice shop down there, tidying up could be the big difference in selling the house.
As always, The Powell Group has some suggestions for you. Following them will help show that you are as interested in every part of the house as they are. Don’t let it go.
First of all, make sure you get rid of any unpleasant odors. As with the main floor, nothing turns a potential buyer off than a smell they will remember for the wrong reasons. It may have rained recently, and they’re may be a lingering mildew odor. You will need to clear that up before you have buyers look at it. If you don’t have ceiling fans, bring down a free standing one. You should also use a disinfectant spray or air freshener. It doesn’t have to be potent – just enough to get the bad smell out of the house. Of course, if you have windows, open all of them.
Next, organize everything. While many use their basement to keep their tools, boxes and other assorted junk spread around the basement, you will want to keep the mess to a minimum before the buyers come visit. After all, would you be interested in an unkempt house? It may also lead visitors to think that other issues exist. Don’t let them think you’re hiding anything. Clean up your mess.
Lastly, add some light into the rooms. As previously discussed, your potential buyer may want to use the basement for several tasks such as a workshop. They may even want to convert it into extra living space or a space to entertain guests. Do them a favor and add some extra lighting in the ceiling. Your local home store can show you how to do this. The extra costs you take could pay off well for you and the buyer.
The Powell Group encourages you to invest some time – and possibly money – to liven up your basement. Your potential buyers will appreciate it. Our team members have the answers to all your housing questions.
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(Picture taken by Jay Michaels)