It is April of 2012 and we are finally seeing home sales back on the rise. As you watch the news, the gloomy reports of foreclosures and job loss is still looming. However we are seeing a slight turnaround that is showing us that there is a dim light shining brighter and brighter at the end of that long tunnel.
That is exactly why you need to be sure before listing your home you take the time to stage and de-personalize your home. HGTV has done a wonderful job of showing us that with a small budget you can turn your house from shabby to chic. Please do not let the shows fool you, it is very important to remember that staging before you list will be key to a positive first impression. Be sure your home shows better than competition. Here are a few simple ways to help.
- Remove all personal pictures, trophies and personal items. Pack it up!
- Paint neutral colors throughout the main living spaces – consider neutral tan.
- Replace cabinet hardware and light fixtures. Shop stores like Lowes and Home Depot and purchase these items in contractor packs for added savings.
- Less is more when selling. Every corner of every room does not need to have a plant or a chair. Don’t be afraid of blank spaces.
- The less is more also appies in closets. Pull out of season clothes out, pack them up and store them. You can take your Christmas tree to a storage unit along with anything else that you will not need. Empty space tells buyers you have plenty of storage.
- Hire someone to professionally clean your carpet.
- Scrub all appiances and scrub the bathrooms.
- Bath and Body Works wallflowers. The best on the market.
- Turn all lights on for every showing, regardless of the time of day.
- Dust and vacuum before a showing. Hang fresh towels.
We can help stage using your own furniture and accessories or we have inventory you can rent. If you need to hire a contractor, we have trustworthy and inexpensive contractors that can step in and get the job done fast.