Staging Tips That Will Help Sell Your Home

August 30, 2010

I talk to people every day who are nervous about putting their homes on the market. The doom and gloom that is plastered on every television station has them convinced that there is just no way their home will sell. I try to avoid TV news as much as possible. I figure if I need some drama I can always watch a good movie.

The truth is that this is a very challenging market. Home values in many areas have declined, and buyers are finding many more hurdles to qualify for a mortgage. There are many factors that will affect a home and its ability to sell. Many of these factors, like the market, are out of the homeowners hands. Many are left up to the REALTOR® to navigate, such as pricing strategy and marketing efforts. But, as a homeowner, there are things that you can do to help your home stand out in the crowd. These staging tips can help put your home at the top of a buyer’s list.

Get rid of the clutter.

We’ve all seen it, those homes that are packed with knick-knacks and heirlooms. Too much stuff around the house can detract from your home and the features that may attract a buyer. Buyers may have trouble getting past your stuff and seeing their belongings in “your home”. Just remember…knick-knacks and bric-a-brac won’t help sell your home.

In some instances, you may need to remove some furniture. That old chair might be comfortable, but is it really adding to the overall ambiance you are attempting to achieve. Extra furniture can also make a room appear smaller. A small investment in a temporary storage facility could pay off huge dividends.

Kitchens and bathrooms sell.

When it comes to purchasing a home, these rooms make the top of the list just under location. These rooms should absolutely sparkle all the time. A clean, clutter free kitchen invites a buyer to imagine themselves spending time in their new home preparing meals for family and friends. Plates and cups left over from breakfast, no matter how much you rinsed and neatly stacked them, will have a buyer imagining what you had for breakfast. The same is true in the bathrooms (in principle…I can only hope you wouldn’t stack dishes in the bathroom). Put away toiletries after use and give that shower a quick wipe-down when you’re done.

Living in a home and trying to make it look like a model home can be tough, but keep your eye on the prize and remember how you felt as a buyer before you purchased. Invest some time prior to listing your home on scheduling, and try to implement some systems that will help you save time on other things you do to make up for the extra time spent picking up around the house.

Go ahead and clean the carpet.

If the carpet is in good shape, but needs a little tidying up, go ahead and get it cleaned. Many people would prefer to wait until right before closing and have it cleaned, sighting that a buyer may want to negotiate this as one of the purchase conditions. If your home is in good shape and staged properly then there shouldn’t be a whole lot of time between cleaning the carpets and closing on the home. Most buyers would agree that cleaning the carpets again would be a waste, so don’t worry about having to do it twice. Don’t let a dirty carpet get in the way of securing a contract on your home.

If the carpet is old and past it’s life cycle then you may want to get it replaced. Again, some say they would like to wait and offer an allowance to potential buyers. While picking one’s own carpet color may be appealing to some, I still maintain that choosing to replace it and sticking with neutral colors is the best plan of action. An old, worn out carpet will be a distraction to a buyer which is counter-productive to getting an offer on your home.

There’s a lot more you can do.

This is just a small list of things that you can do as a homeowner to get your home to sell fast and for top dollar. If you would like to find out more strategies that will help, give me a call or send me an email. We have lots of tips that we can share. As always…I hope this helps.

 

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