When you are ready to sell your home, please consider "staging" your home to appeal to more buyers. It is a proven fact that "staged" homes sell quicker and for more money than homes that are not "staged".
Please click onto the HGTV link below to see some staging tips that you can do yourself or see the 28 tips listed at the end of this message:
Please call me when you are getting ready to put your home on the market. I can come to your home and look at it through a buyer's eyes - I am very good at knowing what will appeal to a buyer. I will do a free market analysis for you as well, so you will know what your home is worth.
There are many little changes that you can make to showcase your home as well as some major changes. Not all changes will bring back the dollars to you, however - I can help you decide which would bring the most bang for your buck back to you.
It is well worth the money to hire a professional home stager. They are highly qualified to help you to make your home look very appealing to buyers at a minimum of cost to you. Your home will sell faster and for much more money than it will cost to make most changes to your home.
If you prefer to stage your own home, here are some tips:28 Ways to Stage Your Home to Get Top Dollar!
1. Less is more - remove enough so that there is some empty space in closets, on shelves, and in cabinets.
2. Remove or hide all small kitchen appliances.
3. Remove all refrigerator art, family pictures, school schedules, magnets, calendars, etc.
4. Pack up all personal photos.
5. Remove personal necessity items from bathroom and enclosed showers… shampoo, toothpaste, hairbrushes, dirty towels, etc.
6. Remove and store seasonal clothes from closets.
7. Rent a storage space. Remove all visible storage boxes from closets and garage.
8. Remove unneeded furniture to make rooms look larger.
9. Remove dated or worn furnishings and accessories. Display only updated new looking items.
10. Remember the rule, "One will do". When accessorizing surfaces, remember that for staging purposes one item is better than two or more. One vase or clock on a fireplace mantle shows off your home better that two or three items.
11. Use mirrors generously. A mirror at the end of a long hallway makes the home look larger and relieves any cramped feeling. A mirror opposite the bathroom vanity pushes walls back and makes small bathrooms larger.
12. Paint the interior of the house and the front door.
13. Repair, paint, or wash all exterior walls, doors, and trim.
14. Power-wash exterior concrete and other hardscape to unify surface color. It will make these areas look bigger.
15. Replace worn, stained carpeting and cracked floor tiles. Be sure that any remaining carpet, drapery or upholstery holds absolutely no odors.
16. Wash the windows, inside and out. Remove unnecessary screening. OPEN YOUR BLINDS TO LET LIGHT IN - nothing looks more dreary than dark rooms. Make sure you have high-wattage bulbs in your overhead fixtures.
17. Arrange a minimum number of towels in bathroom racks and put out fresh soap.
18. Inside, use fresh flowers in vases. Decorate outside with planters and potted plants.
19. Remove some furniture to open up the rooms. A good rule of thumb, consider eliminating half of all furniture and accessories.
20. Decorate the patio or deck with flowerpots and enough furniture to show that it is usable living space.
21. Furnish covered porches with small outdoor tables and chairs to turn them into obvious living spaces.
22. Landscape. Keep perspective in mind. From the house, looking out, plants and vertical elements should diminish in size as they retreat from the house. This elongates sightlines and visually moves property boundaries further from the house.
23. Air the home by opening windows and doors.
24. No drips! Repair all plumbing, faucets, running toilets.
25. Clean or repair/replace worn caulking around tubs, sinks, counter tops.
26. Deep-clean entire house, oven, fireplace, garage, etc.
27. Enhance fireplace firebox with candles or decorative logs.
28. Replace or supplement existing furniture and accessories with modern rental furniture to achieve a desired appearance. Dated furniture will result in making the house look and feel dated as well resulting in lower or no offers.If you will do these things, you will absolutely get top dollar for your home. If you do not, be prepared for very low or no offers. My goal is to get your home sold as quickly as possible for the highest price possible. You will need to assist in this process by having your home in top condition for top dollar offers!