To increase the chance of actually selling a home, you need to think about different ways you can make a home look appealing.
“Staging” a home is one of the most overlooked ways you can interest buyers to make an offer. When you present a property you want it to look like the type of home a family or couple would want to move into.
Read below for some tips on how to stage a home to catch the interest of potential buyers.
Before you decide to add furniture and items to stage a home, the first step will be to clean it and de-clutter.
Put a fresh coat of paint on any rooms that have faded paint, and redo floors that have been chipped or look worn and dingy.
Invite your Selling Agent or a friend, to take a tour of the interior of your home to make notes and establish a list of tasks to accomplish that will give you an advantage when your home is shown.
Be sure to fix anything that is not working properly or that does not look presentable. Remove personal items such as photos on the walls or nicknacks that may be sentimental or special to you, but simply clutter the home. Its a good time to pack those items away for safe keeping.
Homebuyers thoroughly look through a home to determine whether or not it is a place they want to live. Remember, this could be a place they are going to commit a lot of years to live in, so they want the home that is in the best shape possible. Not getting your home in the condition to sell will cost you in the sale, especially if you’ve got an accepted offer and the buyer chooses a reputable home inspector. A good home inspector will spend 3-4 hours inspecting your home and will issue a final report to the buyers, with his findings. This is when you are likely to lose money, since the buyers can re-negotiate your deal if there are lots of items the inspection has uncovered that should have received your attention. So its in your best interest, to fetch the highest price possible based on the local neighborhood market, to carefully inspect your home and fix or update anything that is not presentable or is broken and in disrepair.
If you have already moved out of the home, then you’re going to want to fill the house with furniture. Either place some of your old furniture back in the home or borrow some from neighbors and friends. You can add a combination of the two and mix furniture together. Just as long as you make the home look like it’s being live in, it will help increase your chances of selling. This is called “staging a home” to look presentable during an open house or for showings by area agents. When you do not have access to furniture consider calling a local furniture store. Work out a deal where you can present their furniture in a home you are trying to sell. You can let them know this is free advertising and that you can hand out business cards or flyers to people that are interested in the furniture.
The inside and outside of a home must both be staged. Clean up the landscape of a home to make it look appealing to buyers. Take advantage of any patios or decks. Add a grill and lounge area if possible to give people an idea of what it would be like to experience the backyard during those warm summer days and nights. A lot of buyers look to have a home that has promising backyard.
Staging a home is part of the selling process. Empty rooms make a house look dead. Do what you can to improve your chances at selling a home, and give people an idea of what the home looks like with furniture.
The biggest mistake people make when selling a home is neglecting to take the time to think about what will appeal to buyers.
Do not forget to take pictures of the home when it is staged so that you can share with your Realtor, who will upload them to their brokerage website and/or MLS listing.
Staging really does make a difference if you want to fetch the best price for the house you’re selling, comparable to other similar homes in your neighborhood.
We hope this article will be helpful when you’re planning to sell your home.