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Ynspecter, Home Seller in Oakland, CA

How can i make my home more appealing for a viewing?

Asked by Ynspecter, Oakland, CA Thu Apr 4, 2013

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You are asking professionals whom you do not respect to give you tips on how to make your house more appealing to people who you “hate showing around” your house.

Since you also ask “Why use an Estate Agent at all?” I will respect you by not answering your question.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
To Nanette:

Thanks for the advice about trolls....but sometimes trolls can change. Like the adorable Shrek :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
Check with your Realtor, they will have the best advise for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Every seller should be asking themselves this very same question before they actually list their home because to properly prepare for selling can take some time and effort on the part of the seller.

"Staging" is a great option but it certainly isn't the only one. Also for people on a tight budget, it may not even be a reasonable consideration because of the expense involved. Most sellers can enhance their home's sale potential by investing a modest amount of money, and applying a little personal time and energy. Consider the following:

1. Deep clean the entire home

2. fix or repair what needs attention

3. Less is more, minimize furnishings and allow buyers to appreciate the home

4. Rent a storage unit...then.. use it

5. Organize-closets, garage, cupboards etc.

6. Paint what is needed inside and out

7. Plant, trim, edge, & mow regularly

8. Make your pet's presence undetectable

9. Depersonalize the home-family photos, etc. should go in storage

10. Pay close attention to your flooring....buyers will!

An investment of a little money, time, and energy can make a HUGE difference in your home's sale ability and the price it will bring.....so make a list of those things that you and your family can do to make your home "shine" and then get at it.

Good luck with your sale.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 5, 2013
The best thing to do is to hire a staging company, or at least get one to come out and evaluate whether you need staging or not. I am a huge fan of staging in vacant homes, and also in houses with large rooms. In my 25 years of selling homes I find that you will get more money for a nicely staged home, no matter what the market.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
Your listing agent The Realtor and his/her brokerage, not only will market and advertise your home to the real estate community but also the buying public, and will before putting your home on the market and taking professional photos, suggest upgrades, painting, staging or any other that will make your home more attractive to the buying public.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
Inventory is so low and with most homes getting multiple offers over asking price, sellers really don't need to do too much. Your agent can give you ideas on how to make the house look its best without you spending money on staging etc.

Meena Gujral
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
Hire an agent who will bring in a professional stager so that you can effectively compete. Here is a post you should read:

Set the Stage for Maximum Returns
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
Pacita: Stop feeding the trolls on Trulia ;). Your time is way more valuable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
Thanks for the response....but sometimes trolls can change. Like Shrek :)
Flag Thu Apr 4, 2013
Same answer to your other question

We ask sellers not to be present during showings for the very reason you state: you take it personally, and may not respond in a manner to help you sell the house.

But if you are intent on selling your place yourself, here's how to the get the most C (cash) by doing the C's --- color, cleanliness, curb appeal, de-clutter, condition (repairs)

Good luck....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
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