In today’s real estate market, it’s more important than ever to stand out in the crowd.
What are some of the qualities that make a property sell? Price will always be a determining factor, but even a low price may not be enough to get a property sold. Here are a few tips that can help you sell your home faster and at a higher price point:
Staged to Sell
Home staging, the act of strategically preparing a private residence for sale by making the interiors look warm and inviting, can help any seller compete in a buyer’s market. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property quickly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want to purchase. Prior to any home staging, a seller will want to take care of any repair items. The last thing a buyer wants to see is a list of incomplete projects they need to tackle from day one.
If your home is unkempt and unattractive on the outside, chances are buyers will just keep on going. Buyers typically decide within the first few seconds of arriving at a property whether they can imagine themselves living there. That’s why first impressions matter. Things like keeping the lawn moved, planting flowers, cleaning off a porch and removing toys and other personal items are all examples of boosting curb appeal.
Clean and De-Clutter
Once someone enters your home, you want them to stay as long as possible so they can envision living there. If the home is clean and smells fresh, buyers will begin to feel comfortable staying. This is true even if some items within the home are dated. Along with doing a deep cleaning, you will also want to remove the home of excess clutter. A little organization goes a long way. If there are still too many items that don’t allow the buyer to see the usable square footage, put some items in storage.
De-Personalize and De-Gender
Along with the theme of allowing buyers to envision themselves in your home, you will want to de-personalize the interiors. Do this by removing photos, collectibles and other personal effects. Another good idea is to make your home as gender neutral as possible. After all, you never know if your buyer will be male or female. Make sure paint colors, furniture and accessory items appeal to both sexes to broaden your home’s appeal.
Remember, once your home goes on the market, it really isn’t your home anymore. It’s a product to be marketed. Don’t wait till after you get an offer to start boxing items up. Instead, begin the process right away. As a seller, it will make the dreaded moving process easier and will allow the buyer to see the space larger and more like a model home. Packing early also helps a seller begin to let go of their home and to envision moving on to their next home.
The worst thing a seller can do to prepare their home for sale is nothing. We are fully entrenched in a buyer’s market. If you want to not only sell your home for top dollar, then you need to be strategic. Home staging, boosting curb appeal, cleaning and de-personalizing your home are smart ways to start.
By Carey North