We have the expertise to help you prepare your home for sale. We have seen thousands of homes and have worked with many buyers over the years. We are on the cutting edge of what the buyer wants in today's marketplace. We also work with reality and your budget in terms of money and time available. Not everyone can stage their home to perfection. Very few homeowners live in perfect homes until they have to prepare it for sale. Then we all do the same thing. We get the house ready for sale and often find ourselves asking "why didn't we do this before?"
If you want some advice and/or suggestions about what to spend your money on in preparation for selling your home contact us. This is another of the services that we provide. We will spend time helping you determine what to do and not to do in order to maximize your potential financially from the sale. It is important you use our knowledge and that we work together - this process begins prior to actually putting the sign on the lawn.
When you begin preparing your house for market, start outside and work your way in, keeping in mind the importance of first impressions.
It is estimated that more than half of all houses are sold before the buyers even get out of their cars!
Stand across the street and review your home’s curb appeal. What can you do to improve that very first impression? When you are ready to begin work, use a checklist and add your own “To Do” list. Your checklist should include the six important steps to packaging your house.
Remember, you need to think like a buyer now, and have a critical eye!
Six key steps to prepping your home for sale
Uncluttering makes every room look larger and feel neater. If a house is cluttered, buyers have trouble imagining themselves in it. By removing or storing things you do not need, you create a roomy, comfortable feeling that will be inviting to prospective buyers. Remember, when in doubt throw it out, sell it, or give it away.
Cleaning makes your house easy for buyers to explore and gives the impression that it has been well cared for. Be sure every room smells as good as it looks, paying special attention to pet areas, nurseries and bathrooms. Some fresh paint and a one-time professional cleaning service can make your house look like new!
Repairing eliminates buyers’ objections before they arise. If you think something is too much trouble to fix, chances are buyers will too. Buyers tend to think repairs will cost more than they do.
Neutralizing helps buyers see their own things in your house and picture themselves living there. Neutral paint, decor and carpeting create a home for any lifestyle. Eliminating distracting colors and accessories lets buyers concentrate on positive impressions.
Dynamizing makes the exterior and every room of your house special. Since it is competing with many other houses on the market, you need to make your home stand out and be memorable. Look in magazines and catalogs for ideas. From the front door to the basement, from fresh flowers to fresh smells, this is the finishing touch.
Show time is the final step before each time your house is shown. Identify jobs and assign them to make this step quick and easy. If you keep up daily, Show time will be easier for you and your family. Plan a fun activity - away from the house - during showings.