Making a good first impression is essential when listing your home for sale. Sellers may resist their agent’s recommendation to have their home professionally staged due to the cost and time involved, and these are valid concerns.
However, statistics support the fact that staged homes sell quicker, and sometimes for higher prices. I’d like to share with you some basic staging tips for preparing your home for sale.
Curb appeal: When a prospective buyer drives up to your home, their first impression has been made. The curb appeal can make the difference between whether or not an interested buyer stops, or drives on to the next property on their list. This is not an exaggeration! My clients tell me that when they drive up to a home that looks unkempt, they assume that the inside will be just the same. Take the time to pull weeds, trim bushes, sweep away leaves and remove debris. If you really want to make a positive first impression, spruce up your yard with new plants and flowers.
Personal Items: When a buyer is looking for a new home, they are imagining themselves in your house! This is why it is important to remove as many of your personal items, and as much clutter as possible. This gives the buyer the ‘space’ to imagine themselves and their personal items in your house. De-cluttering will help show off the features of your home in person, and through photographs. This can be a helpful process as you begin to move your belongings out and into your own new home.
Furniture: There are many circumstances sellers face when they decide to list their home and move. Some may need to leave the home prior to sale, and some stay for the duration. If you need to move out prior to the close of escrow, professional staging can give the house a ‘model home’ look. If you are staying, pick out the best pieces of furniture to enhance your home. This goes along with the idea of de-cluttering. In trying to decide which works for you, consult your realtor.
Pets & Other Considerations: Pets are part of the family, right? Providing a plan for your pet during showings can help eliminate stress for you and your best friend while allowing access to agents wishing to show your home. Also, using air fresheners can be a great idea, but try for a ‘fresh’ smell, not one that is too perfumed because some buyers may have allergies.
If you are considering listing your home, please contact me with any questions you may have. With over twenty years of experience in Santa Cruz County real estate, I can guide you through the listing process and sale of your home. Visit us at www.re831.com, or call me at831-475-5695.
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