As a certified Home Stage Expert, I can provide assistance in preparing your home for sale and maximize your return on your investment.
The following are the top 10 Tips for readying your home for prospective buyers.
- Curb Appeal - If your home makes a good first impression, buyers will want to see more. Updating exterior lights, mulching and adding flowers are some inexpensive ways to
- Odors - Pet odors are a sure turn-off. If possible, remove pets during showings. Have your carpets cleaned by a professional. If it needs replacing, consider
hardwood or tile.
- Spotty Improvements - Make sure any upgrades are consistent with the overall decor/theme of the rest of the home.
- Family-related Decor - Remove pictures of family; buyers will have an easier time picturing themselves living there if they are not distracted by photos.
- Remove Everything?? - A property shows much better staged with some furniture rather than an empty house. Statistics show staged homes sell faster and for more than empty
- Clutter - Prepack. Pack anything that is smaller than a football. The more open a space is, the better.
- Clean, Clean, Clean - Fingerprints on appliances and windows/glass doors suggests the home has not been cared for. Dust on ceiling fans is another giveaway the home lacks
- Neutralize - If you are going to paint, choose beige or gray tones. Bold colors, while they may go great with your furnishings, are not always a plus. Some buyers can't see past
the fact they will have to paint before they can move in.
- Don't forget the outdoor space - An inviting lanai can be a great selling feature. Keep the space clean and uncluttered. If you have a pool, you might want to provide maintenance
- Avoid offering an Allowance - Unless a buyer is specifically looking for a fixer-upper, most want a home that is move-in ready. Factor in to your sales price any costs you incur to make
your home ready!
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JACKIE SHORE, HSE