The experts at Properties By Design understand that when it’s time to put your home on the market, you want to present it in the best possible manner to house hunters. Not everyone can afford to hire a professional to stage their home (which can cost as much as $8,600), but thankfully, there are plenty of simple and affordable solutions available to homeowners. Whether it’s time for marketing photos or you’re prepping for an open house event, here’s what you need to do.
Check the Competition
Becoming familiar with the housing market in your location can tell you a lot about what buyers want. With that in mind, do a little research into area listings. Also, consider visiting some open houses to get a feel for what other sellers are doing to sell their homes. Make some mental notes about what you hear house hunters saying, both likes and dislikes, and pay attention to which homes receive offers in conjunction with their events.
Once you have a better idea of what house hunters are searching for, take a look at your own home with fresh eyes. Buyers need to feel at home in a house, and the more you can make it appeal to them, the better. Then get started on your own home preparations.
An uncluttered space makes it easier for house hunters to focus on the house itself, envision their belongings there, and see the structure for what it is. For this reason, it’s important to do some paring down before your house hits the market. Real Simple suggests going through your home and decluttering one room at a time, beginning with your entryway. Organize every space and minimize belongings as much as possible.
The next step is depersonalizing your home. This means pulling things like family photos, collections, and unusual decor. Aim for a neutral presentation to help buyers think of themselves living there, rather than reminding them that they don’t. Leave enough furniture in each room to give it an identity but arrange things away from the walls and allow for good traffic flow.
If at all possible, store clutter you’ve removed off-site. You don’t want to fill your home’s storage areas to the brim. Buyers will be looking to see if their own things will fit, and if storage areas are maxed out, it gives the impression space may be too limited.
Become a Cleaning Machine
There are a few advantages you gain from decluttering and depersonalizing. It gives you a start on packing your things, and if you box them up and store them off-site, you can arrange them in a logical manner to help on moving day. Also, with less items in your way, it’ll be easier to deep clean your home and to keep up with routine cleanings.
Cleaning is one of the most important parts of presenting your home to potential buyers, so get ready to apply some elbow grease as you work your way through the house, stem to stern. Gather quality cleaning products to make the work as easy as possible, and check off your progress to ensure you don’t miss anything.
Examine Your Palette
With a clean, uncluttered home, if you have any painting to do, now is the time. Painting is an inexpensive way to spruce up your presentation, and a fresh coat makes things look well-maintained.
Beyond basic touch-ups, it’s a good time to address your color scheme. Generally speaking, steer clear of dark interior walls and aim instead for light, neutral colors like grey, taupe, or white. Outside, gray, blue, and greige are popular right now, so if you have an exterior in need of a facelift, consider those key hues.
Don’t Forget Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is another important component of staging your home for sale. The exterior of your home offers buyers a first impression. If you have messy landscaping, lawn equipment, an aging door, a car that won’t fit in your garage or even a mailbox that have seen better days, it’s time to get to work.
Spend a weekend cleaning up your yard, weeding and blowing leaves. Store all of your lawn equipment in your garage or rent a storage space. If you have an unsightly older car you’ve been restoring, a durable cover can hide it from view. You can even repaint your front door and your mailbox to make them stand out. Every little bit helps draw the buyer in.
Icing on the Cake
Last but not least, when you have an open house or are ready to take photos, open all your curtains, turn on lights, eliminate odors and set out fresh flowers or greenery throughout the home. A few simple touches of something living can make buyers feel welcome.
Staging your home takes some work, but you can do it! Become familiar with what’s selling, create a neutral space, and help buyers feel at home. You’ll have a professional-level presentation, simply and affordably!
Are you ready to put your home on the market? Allow the experts at Properties By Design to help you list your home and get the best price. Call today to get started! (480) 613 – SOLD
By Shirley Martin