When you make a decision to put your house on a market - you're no longer just an owner. You have to see yourself as the Seller of a special and valuable property. And there's nothing more important as a good and lasting first impression.
Step outside and evaluate a curb appeal of your house: exterior, landscaping and any trash that needs to be removed. Inside: get rid of clutter, fix lighting if necessary, remove some pieces of furniture - it can greatly improve the look and make rooms to appear more spacious, decorate with plants and fresh cut flowers and hire a professional cleaning service - clean homes give Buyers an impression of being well cared for.
Invite a real estate professional to give you an advise and a second opinion if you feel that staging would help to sell for a higher price.
Your goal is to sell, so do it right by being critical and putting yourself in the shoes of a potential Buyer. In many cases just few inexpensive improvements can enhance the appeal of a home. Prepare your house for sale - and you will be rewarded by a good price and a timely period to get it sold!
Buyers come into your crib, baby, they're discounting every time they move their eyes. Dirty fireplace, five thousand off. Dishes in the sink? Two thousand. Sofa with dog hair on it? Three thousand.
Paint, clean, and refurnish. Otherwise, sell at . . . what's the opposite of "a good price?"
closets, shelves, and so on. Less is better, Minimize. Cleaning is the next problem I see frequently.
The top of the refrigerator, the ceiling fans, the windows, carpets, baths, shower stalls, etc.. First impressions are lasting the curb appeal of the home in also important. No junk cars on the driveway, no blue tarps covering up property. Clean up the front and rear yards. Use of potted plant and flowers is a great idea. Paint the front door, put down a new "welcome mat". No hyper anilmals coming at prospecctive buyers or Realtor when the come to show or preview you home. Put them in the garage in possible while showing. Post notices on the doors. No dog food and water bowls in the walkways.
Paint and new floor covering is the best investment for preparing your home for sale.
I have a vidoe I give to my clients for more on this. Call me, Mike Castle, Real Estate Broker, License # 00620895 at (831) 588-1988 or visit my web site. Thanks and good luck.
Clean, simple and furniture in each room that makes sense for the room. Best of luck
Sure, cleanliness is part of it. But the real purpose of staging is to present the home so that potential buyers can envision themselves living there. So it involves removing clutter. It often involves rearranging furniture, and possibly substituting some for others. It involves "neutralizing" the home--minimizing personal effects and distractions. And it involves the judicious placement of items--a plant here, a table setting there--to help the buyer envision living there.
Here's another point that some people miss: Staging is deliberately artificial. Now, it's not supposed to look artificial or fake to the buyer. But you may do some things in staging that you'd never do in real life--once you actually live there. The word is "staging"--as in a theater stage. When you go to a theater, you're presented with one or more "sets." Unless it's theater in the round, notice how all the furniture and items are positioned for viewing by the audience? It suggests the way a home might look, but it's certainly not the way a real home (from whatever era) actually would be set up. It's exactly the same with home staging. You're creating an effect. Just as in a theater, you want the theater-goer/buyer to imagine themselves in that setting, and to image the life that accompanies the setting.
Staging is very, very important.
I think it is critical. Iâ€™ve attached a link that gives my rationale.
How To â€œPlayâ€ Against REOs With Your â€œNormalâ€ Sale â€“ A Critical Factor Required To Win
John & Sarena Villaescusa
The property was listed at 269k, I set up a bidding war and sold it for $321,500. The same agent said that by setting up the bidding war, I probably got another $10k for my clients.
How you present the product is very important. Do not miss out on getting the top dollar for you property!
As Bobbie noted below, staging can be very helpful in seling your home. But before you invest in a staging company, talk with a qualified real estate professional for tips, cues and information that will help you sell your home. A good Realtor will be able to tell you what you need to do to increase the value of your "curb appeal" as well as beautify the interior of the home. Sometimes staging is required, and sometimes the money is better spent on some minor repairs and cleaning.
Consulting with a Realtor will go a long way to getting your home "show ready" for buyers!
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
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