Set the Stage to Sell Your Home

Real estate is the largest investment most people are likely to make during their lives. In these times of economic struggle selling your home in a timely manner for top dollar is hard to accomplish. Your house must be in tip-top shape to stand apart while holding buyer's interest so they can imagine themselves living…

Real estate is the largest investment most people are likely to make during their lives. In these times of economic struggle selling your home in a timely manner for top dollar is hard to accomplish. Your house must be in tip-top shape to stand apart while holding buyer's interest so they can imagine themselves living there. Buying a home is purely based on emotion.

The buyer needs to be grabbed immediately -while he / she is pulling up to your house. So now you may be asking yourself how is this done. Here are some easy tips that offer bang-for-your-buck.

THE EXTERIOR of your home needs to attract buyers. In summer ensure the lawn is manicured and weed-free. Through winter make sure the walk is shoveled. Also painting the front door a modern color can grab buyers' attention.

ENTRANCEWAYS / FOYERS are the first glimpse people get of your house. It should be warm and welcoming. A mirror helps make a small area appear larger. Try standing at your front door to see what buyers will see – any rooms that are visible from that vantage point should be uncluttered and clean.

DECLUTTER and clean your entire home, including all closets, the garage and storage areas. Think of this task as preparing to move; pack all items that are not used regularly. Also use this time to purge or donate any items that are no longer necessary. Maintain this standard of cleanliness for ALL shows. An option is to hire a cleaning service, but check references and quality of work thoroughly.

KITCHENS and BATHROOMS sell houses pure and simple. Hardware, paint, flooring, countertops, faucets and light fixtures are inexpensive ways to dress-up these tired, hardworking areas. Ensure all counters are clear and free from personal hygiene items.

SMELLS can invite buyer in, or NOT. If you have pets get the carpeting cleaned. Keep litter boxes fresh and clean (this goes for pet waste in the yard too). Leave fresh baking on the counter for the enjoyment of agents and buyers. Try cleaning with lemon or orange based products for a fresh, inviting smell.

LISTING PHOTOS of quality are mandatory. Use the buyers' perspective to minimizeize flaws or distracting décor while highlighting the good points. Ask to review the pictures to discard any unfavorable ones before your agent posts them on MLS. Remember that approximately 90% of potential buyers begin their house hunt online; your photos should guarantee a showing.

COMPLETE SMALL REPAIRS yourself or hire a professional. Buyers notice the smallest things so do not give them an excuse to pass your house over for the newer one down the street. The critical point underlying all these tips is to not give any buyer any excuse to move onto another listing. The cleaning and de-cluttering processes aid you in detaching from the house because living in a home and selling a house are two different things. Now this begs the question, “Why should I spend money, time and energy on something I am leaving?” The old saying, “You need to spend money to make money” rings very true. A professional Home Stager is a sound, smart way of maximizing your home's potential within the real estate marketplace. Time and energy, are precious commodities to protect with Staging.