So you want to sell your home at the highest possible price, in the least amount of time with the most favorable terms and conditions, RIGHT? If your answer is a resounding YES. . . think STAGING. You would never think of buying merchandise at the store that was dirty, defective or damaged so let's set the stage to sell your home by merchandising it properly. Lots of sellers are much more informed today with shows like HGTV and STAGED TO SELL but when it comes down to your own home, knowing what to do and where to start may seem overwhelming. But help is out there, from a seasoned Realtor to a professional Stager, you can get the help you need. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Clean. If your home is spotless, buyers will instantly get the impression you have a very well maintained home and can easily see the layout and amenities. Hire a cleaning crew if you want, just get it clean! This will be money well spent and WILL help you sell your home.
2. De-clutter and De-personalize. Start packing up those family photos (you are moving anyway, right?) and keep decorations and knick-knacks to a minimum. You want the buyers to see the size and space without distractions. Clean out closets so they are only partially full to give the illusion of size and abundant storage. Remove excess furniture from rooms to give them a spacious feel.
3. Color neutralization. Nothing spruces up a home like a fresh coat of paint. Paint any rooms that are showing wear and neutralize any rooms that are a very bold or bright color. This goes for carpeting too. Buyers can't see past worn, dirty carpeting so offering a "flooring allowance" often doesn't help. Stay neutral and the buyers will like it!
4. Curb Appeal. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression so the outside of your home must look well cared for and in great shape. Paint the front door a warm, welcoming color and add new hardware. Make sure the landscaping and lawn is trimmed and neat and spread a fresh layer of mulch in the gardens. Add a few colorful flowers to make the buyers feel the home is LOVED. Home buyers want to know your home is loved and well-maintained.
5. Brighten Up. Use the highest wattage bulbs possible in your light fixtures and open blinds and window treatments for showings. A birght home seems somehow happy and happy is good from a home buyers' perspective. Light and Bright sells homes.
6. Pretend you don't live in your home. Kitchen and bathroom counters should be free of appliances, toiletries and clutter. Display new fresh towels for showings and remove worn throw rugs. Hide pet food bowls and litter boxes to minimize the "pet effect". Air out the house and/or spray air neutralizes if pet odors are evident.
7. Visit model homes. Here you can get an idea of what the newest colors and trends are and get ideas for staging your own home. Sometimes a new shower curtain or throw pillows can update a room without much trouble or expense. Imagine who the buyer of your home will be and what they might like and try to capture that feel in your home.
The time and money you spend getting your home ready for sale will pay off in less time on the market and a higher sales price. Don't hesitate to call a Realtor for a tour of your home before you even get started. Their ideas and thoughts could save you time and money in the long run. Many sellers I have worked with over the years have wished they put many of these ideas in place long before they planned to sell their home. "It is the best my home has ever looked" is a frequent home seller confession. Better late than never! I would be happy to meet with you to discuss preparing your home for sale, my marketing plan for your home or help you find a home in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
Feel free to visit my website, http://www.PittsburghNorthernHomes.com for more information on selling your home. Happy Selling!