Basic Steps to Selling Your Home
Want to sell your home quickly for top dollar? Staging can help. Staging is presenting your home in its best and most appealing light to the majority of home buyers. In theory, staging isn't hard or costly, but in reality, many homeowners find it difficult because it's often hard to see something objectively when we love it so much.
Here are six easy steps to staging your home.
They say you can only make one "first impression," and people usually form their first impression within 30 seconds. What potential buyers see when they drive up to your house will be their first impression. This is a good place to spend a little extra time and money. Plant flowers, trim bushes, weed, pick up leaves, repaint your front door, replace tarnished house numbers or a dented mailbox, and get a brand-new neutral doormat.
Your home must shine! To achieve this level is often only feasible by hiring a cleaning crew. In fact, having a cleaning service return weekly while your house is for sale is probably a pretty good investment. Get your windows professionally cleaned inside and out too. Also, always empty waste baskets before showing your home.
Got a dripping faucet, stained rug or a cracked tile? These will send the wrong message to potential buyers. Getting them fixed before you put your house on the market is a smart idea. Always use a licensed contractor to avoid any issues.
The "50% Rule" requires that you eliminate the clutter in your home by at least half. This may be the hardest rule of all! We love our clutter, it reflects our memories, hobbies, and values. But it does not sell homes! Clutter makes homes seem smaller and disorganized.
Neutral colors sell. It's a fact. Try to convey an image of quality and neutrality. Potential buyers walking through your home want to imagine themselves as the owners. If you use styles or colors they would never select, you've just turned them off. Staying high-quality, but neutral is safest.
Remove objects that your potential buyers won't be able to identify with. For example: personal, political, and religious items may turn off whole groups of buyers, because they cannot "imagine" your home as their home. Buying a home is an emotional decision, and you want potential buyers to make an emotional connection with your home by being able to "see" themselves in it.
As your Realtor I am dedicated to providing you with the best level of service possible. During our listing appointment, we will discuss your needs and I will provide a free walk through list of items to address before showing your home. Contact me today to schedule an appointment!