Mar 11, 2016

10 Tips To Prepare & Stage Your Home To Sell Quick

By Griffin Christensen

1. Clean your house. This is key when preparing a home to sell. Vacuum, mop the floors, dust, shine the windows/mirrors, remove carpet stains, wipe the smudges off the walls etc. Basically, do whatever you need to do make your home sparkle. A clean home shows pride of ownership and that it has been well taken care of. This will give you the benefit of the doubt when other red flag issues arise during the showing.

2. Remove clutter. I can't stress how important this is. People buy a house looking to maximize the amount of space they will have. It doesn't matter how big your home is, if it is full of clutter it will look cramped and small. It will give the appearance that you don't have enough space for your stuff and that is why it is strewn about all over. To be able to showcase the available space you have, clear everything out and put it away. If it has a place, put it there.

3. Show the light. Buyers want a home that is bright and airy. They want to be able to see what they are buying. Open the curtains (replace with sheers if possible) and blinds. Make sure to remove tree branches or obstructions that may be blocking the natural light. Replace any burned out light bulbs throughout the home inside and out. 

4. Remove personal items. One of the ideas behind staging a home is to create a blank slate for a potential buyer to envision themselves living there. When personal items, trinkets, trophies, photos and other things which are personal to the family are present, buyers have a difficult time seeing themselves living there. Also, these items can be a distraction and take away from the positives of the home.

5. Remove dated items. Buyers don't want to feel like they are walking into their grandmas house. Be sure to remove the pink flamingos, hula girl lamps, plastic furniture covers etc. Remove these items and replace with updated items if possible.

6. Space your home effectively. Make sure you are using the space in your home efficiently and effectively. Make sure to rearrange furniture to be sure to highlight the amount of available space. Replace larger furniture with smaller furniture if possible. Use smart storage solutions to make the space semm larger and more functional.

7. Update appliances. Appliances are something that are used each and every day, therefore they are noticed during a showing. Get rid of those old yellow appliances. Dated appliances will leve the impression of an old run down home.

8. Finish home improvement projects. Started painting or removing wall paper? Make sure to finish up those unfinfinished projects. The last thing a buyer wants to see is unfinished projects that will have to do if they buy the home. Buyers already have a lot on their plate and want a move in ready home.

9. Add fresh coat of paint. If possible add a fresh coat of paint using a neutral color. This is a cost effective way to spruce up a home and cover up those impossible stains and scuffs, giving it a new feel.

10. Make the outside and entry pleasing. First impressions are everything. Spruce up the yard and the entry way making it more inviting. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door if it is dated and beat up looking. Make sure the yard is well manicured and tidy. This will set the tone for the showing.

For specific questions about staging and preparing your home for sale, call me. As a professional real estate agent, I can give you tips, tricks and trends to help put your best foot forward when selling your home.


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