Staging Your Home for a Quick and Easy Sale
Buying a home is an emotional experience for most people. They walk into a house and immediately try to picture themselves living there. They imaging their belongings in each room, and try to picture themselves entertaining guests or enjoying the space as a family. Generally, a showing may last from 15 to 40 minutes. As a seller, you want your home to make a great impression and leave the buyers feeling like your place is the perfect place to call home. Here's how to make a lasting impression:
Showcase your home's strengths. Do you remember what you first noticed when you purchased your home? Was it the large windows or a cozy fireplace room that made you decide it was the home for you? If you can't remember, ask your friends what they notice or think about the compliments you receive when guests come over. Stage your home to highlight its strengths so your property stands out from the competition.
Complete any unfinished jobs. Take a walk around your home a make note of anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. Check your plumbing fixtures and touch up the paint if you spot any scuff marks. Those tedious jobs tend to pile up when we are comfortable in our homes, but it won't take nearly as long as you think to tackle your to-do list. A well-maintained home shows pride in ownership and gives buyers they confidence they need to make a strong offer.
Focus on your curb appeal. The image of the front of your house is the first thing potential buyers will see when they come across your online listing. Similarly, the sign on your lawn will capture the attention of people driving through your area. Your home's exterior should set the stage and be a positive reflection of what can be found within. Clean up your garden and add some planters for some extra color. Remove any overgrown shrubs, and make sure windows and doors are clean. A new mailbox and welcome mat are inexpensive touches that show your home is well cared for.
Remove clutter to eliminate distractions. Personal photographs, souvenirs and other sentimental belongings might make you feel at home, but they will have the opposite effect on prospective buyers. Keep table tops and counters as clear as possible. Pack away seasonal belongings and find a place to store unnecessary furniture. In most cases, less is more. Your rooms will appear larger and less personal.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Not sure if you can tackle the cleaning job on your own? Need a professional opinion to help you stage your home? There are plenty of experienced professionals in the Portland area who do just that. Your real estate professional can help to assess your needs and make helpful recommendations for a quick and profitable sale. Making a move is a huge undertaking, and you should never feel like you're on your own. Many hands make light work, and with some trusted experience and tasteful staging skills, your property will be ready to impress as soon as it hits the market
For more information about preparing your home for sale contact:
Ron Tinsley ~ Realtor