If you decided to sell your house, you really want to have faster sale and higher price for your property. Staging is one of the most easiest and effective ways to present you house to the buyer in the most remarkable way. Even though you think that your houses is perfect the way it is, it is always very nice to add some special extra touch to it, to make anybody walking into this house wanting to stay, and to buy this property. As an experienced sales person I can say that you only have one shot at impressing potential buyers. Therefore it is important to take some time to prepare you home for showings. You will be rewarded with a faster sale and a higher offer. I have been in real estate business for many years I know all pros and cons of the market, and I usually give valuable staging advices that can fit every house specifically. With this little touch your fabulous house will look even more desirable to the buyers.
Here are some general advises on how to prepare your house for faster sale and higher price.
Don't Take it Personally
The first step is to separate yourself from any personal feelings you may have about your home. It's not your home now; it's a commodity you intend to market.
Start with the Basics
Everything from floors to windows must be spotless. Remember to clean the oven and other major appliances.
Kill the offensive odors. They're the first thing buyers notice, and often a permanent turnoff.
Put away small kitchen appliances and other items that are sitting on countertops and tables.
Pack It Up
Pack away most of your family photos. Buyers should be able to imagine their own possessions in the home. When home buyers start deciding how their furniture will fit into your rooms, this is a good sign, that shows that they like the house and can become a potential buyers.
Beautiful Spacious House
Remove excess furniture to make rooms appear more spacious. Clean and organize the closets. Store boxes in an out of the way location.
Expose Desirable Features
Remove rugs if they’re covering up nice hardwood floors.
Remove heavy drapes that keep out natural light, especially if there's a great view out the windows.
Add Some Life
Living (not artificial) plants go hand-in-hand with nearly any home staging theme.
Create a Mood
It is nice to create a mood for your house. If you’re near water, place some breezy fabrics and blue-green colors that remind us of the beach. Create beautiful, warm, family and friendly atmosphere.
Bake bread during showings, or place fresh loaf in a basket on the counter to create a warm and homey feelings.
Classical music playing softly in the background is nice.
Clean the drain gutters. Buyers almost always comment if gutters are full of leaves and it makes them question other maintenance issues.
Store or organize items that make the yard look messy.
Tips for Vacant Homes
Vacant homes often greet Real Estate Sales Representatives and home buyers with a blast of stale or mildew-laden air. As soon as buyers smell mildew, they are out the door. Deal with the mildew before you list the house.
Have you ever noticed that during colder months the interior of a house without heat always feels colder than it is outside? Leaving the heat or air conditioning running while a home is on the market reduces odors and makes the house more inviting.
Essential Curb Appeal
In addition to keeping the lawn nicely trimmed, there are other elements you can add to grab a buyer's attention before they walk in the door:
Use outdoor lighting. It does wonders in the evenings when many homebuyers do drive-bys of properties.
A great overall impression is often enough to make a buyer more lenient about minor repairs that may be required. You want them to fall in love with the house as soon as they see it from the street.
Good luck in this wonderful adventure of staging your house to perfection!