In today's market, it is more important than ever to make your property stick out from the rest. Utilize the tips below to prepare your home and work with your Realtor to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
You may have gotten used to the cracks in the walls and adjusted to the broken air conditioner, but these are things that could deter a prospective buyer. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.
You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities. If you are on a tight budget a fresh coat of paint can go along way.
Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.
Once your property is ready for sale, shoot professional photos, generate floor plans, video walk thru, and or 3D tour, then advertise it in print, online, and other avenues.
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