Selling a home is not just a matter of putting a sign in your yard, posting it online, and waiting. I've been in the business for over 10 years now, Mike over 15. We have worked with sellers, first time home buyers, experienced buyers, buyers using conventional, FHA, RD, VA loans, as well as investment buyers.
What we can tell you is that one of the most important things when selling your home is getting it ready. This isn't just signing on the dotted line with your agent, it's preparing your home in order to get the highest offer, and hopefully, multiple offers, in the quickest amount of time. Take a step back and look at your home as a potential buyer would. Any real estate expert will tell you that a home that's staged will sell faster and for more money than a house that isn't.
The housing market is very competitive. Sellers want top dollar and buyers want value. Stage your home so that a buyer can picture themselves living there. Staging will help make rooms look and feel larger, make outdated rooms look updated, and can give a warm and fuzzy feeling. Make them feel like they just walked into their new home.
Start by creating list that will increase your profit. Even a small change can make a big ($$$) difference! Take your time making your list. We're going to give you lots of ideas in the coming weeks. Take these ideas, use them, modify them, make them your own.
Here are some of the basics.
- First impressions are extremely important. Make it a good one!
- Maximize space. Eliminate clutter.
- Use light to help give off a spacious feel.
- Downplay its flaws.
- Make it generic. You want it to appeal to lots of different people.
- Make it warm.
So many sellers just clean up, turn on the lights, and cross their fingers. Take it a step further and you will be very surprised!
In the next several weeks we'll go into great detail on several aspects of home staging, starting with the first impression. If you're ready to sell now, and can't wait for us to finish the series, give us a call and we can help walk you through the process. Until next time!