Staging your home is the single most important thing that you can do to ensure a faster sale. Today's market is tough and you must be properly prepared the minute your home goes on the market. Here are 3 mistakes that you should never make.
Do not list your home without staging it first.
The first seven to fourteen days that your home is on the market is the time that you are going to see the most activity. New homes on the market get the most foot traffic in that initial two weeks. It's a huge drawback to list your home before it is properly staged. While it's a new listing you need to be showing the property at its very best. Staging it down the road will still help but it will be nowhere near as productive as being done right from the get go. Do not jeopardize a quick sale.
Do not underestimate the importance of curb appeal.
It does not matter how much time you've spent staging the interior of your home if your buyers do not make it through the front door. Granite countertops and hardwood floors will not mean a thing if they are not taken with the exterior. Buyers will drive by your home before making that initial appointment. Your yard needs to be well-maintained and the landscaping should be neat and trim. Do not forget that peeling trim, poor lighting, and cracked sidewalks need to be taken care of also.
Do not neglect your floors.
Updated flooring in a must have for many of today's buyers. Buyers want properties that are move-in ready. If you have flooring that you know needs to be replaced, it is far easier to take care of the situation now before the home goes on the market. Replacing $ 1,500 worth of carpet now is better than offering a $ 3,000 carpet allowance when an offer is on the table. Think of your bottom line and do not let flooring cut in to your equity.