Home staging benefits include less time on the market and better offers.
If your goal is to sell your home quickly, choose a well-planned approach to home staging.
Most of us have seen reality TV shows following both Sellers and Buyers in their quest to get the best deal in either selling or buying their home. These shows are, of course, sensationalized for audiences but do shed some valuable advice for current or future homeowners. If you are in the process of selling your home, the first important thing to think about is Presentation. In looking to sell your home, it’s time to really inspect your home through a fresh set of eyes. A Seller has to wonder, how will my home present to a potential Buyer?
Staging makes your home a more desirable listing on the market.
First impressions have a major impact on potential Buyers. Try to imagine what a potential Buyer will see when they approach your house for the first time and walk through each room.
Preparing your house to sell doesn’t have to be a hurdle in getting your home sold. It can actually be enjoyable. Together, we’ll strive for a high offer for your home. To see fewer days on the market, start with these basic Exterior and Interior Staging Tips:
● Mow and edge the lawn regularly, and trim the shrubs.
● Make your entry inviting; Paint your front door and buy a new front door mat.
● Paint or replace the mailbox, if needed.
● If screens or windows are damaged, replace or repair them.
● Repair or replace worn shutters and other exterior trim.
● Make sure the front steps are clear and hazard-free.
● Make sure the doorbell works properly and has a pleasant sound.
● Ensure that all exterior lights are working.
● Check stucco walls for cracks and discoloration.
● Remove any oil and rust stains from the driveway and garage.
● Clean and organize the garage, and ensure the door is in good working order.
● Repair or replace loose knobs on doors and cabinets. If doors stick or squeak, fix them.
● Shampoo carpeting or replace if very worn. Clean tile floors, particularly caulking.
● Brighten the appearance inside by painting walls, cleaning windows and window coverings, and removing sunscreens.
● Repair leaky faucets and caulking in bathtubs and showers. Make sure toilet seats look new and are firmly attached. Repair or replace loud ventilating fans.
● Replace worn shower curtains.
● Rearrange furniture to make rooms appear larger. If possible, remove and/or store excess furniture.
● Remove clutter throughout the house. Organize and clean out closets and pantry.
● Make sure all kitchen appliances are clean and work properly. Avoid extension cords in plain view.
● Keep washer and dryer clean and empty.
● Air conditions/heaters, evaporative coolers, hot water heaters should be clean, working and inspected if necessary. Replace filters.
● Check the pool and/or spa equipment and pumps. Make sure all are working properly and that the pool and/or spa are kept clean.
● Inspect fences, gates and latches. Repair or replace as needed
Setting the Stage! Brightness is critical. Curtains should be drawn back and lighting added where needed to invite the Buyer inside. To enhance the mood of the house make sure a pleasant fragrance circulates throughout your home. We want Buyers to feel like your home has the potential to be their home.
In summary, your home should have both Curb Appeal and effective yet simple Interior Staging. The suggestions above cover some of the basic tips. However, every home is unique and as an experienced agent, I will work to give you the best insight in preparing your home for sale. Working together, we’ll strive to make the selling process as comfortable and convenient as possible while maximizing your home’s ability to receive the highest offer.