Written by Nicole Regan
It’s time to find your dream house but there’s just ONE thing standing in your way: selling your old home. So how do you stage your current home to make it photo ready? Glad you asked!
Here are 5 simple tips to make your home full-price listing worthy:
When we were house hunting, we were naturally drawn to clean and well-organized homes.
As soon as you decide to sell, start decluttering. The easiest way? Secure a storage unit. All those things you’re not using take up valuable real estate, making your home feel smaller than it really is. Packing items in a storage unit before listing will not only help sell your place, but also make packing easier once your offer is solidified. Your home will feel spacious and open, especially in photos and showings.
Curate Your Home
Do you have different styles, patterns, and colors under one roof? If so, it may confuse and distract buyers from the bones of your home. One way to keep buyers on track is to ensure everything is cohesive and flows.
This may mean storing away unique or outdated furniture, re-painting walls or even rearranging furniture. Not everyone will be a fan of your plush shag rug or crazily-printed wallpaper. So make sure you appeal to the masses when deciding what to show.
Clean Out Your Closets
If your closets are bursting at the seams, how will potential buyers know how much storage your home has? Winter coats stuffed in the corner and jam-packed shelves won’t impress anyone. It makes your home feel smaller than it actually is.
To best showcase your storage space, pack away all out-of-season clothes (this should be almost half your wardrobe!) Hang remaining clothes on matching hangers, all facing the same direction, and clear clutter from floors and closet shelves.
When doing this, you’re again getting ahead on packing, which is a major bonus if you sell your house quickly.
One of the keys to a quick sale is making buyers feel like your house could be their own. Depersonalize by packing away certain collections, photos, and mementos that may be distracting. If your office has memorabilia of your favorite sports team, consider replacing the jersey hanging on the wall with an abstract painting.
When people can imagine themselves living in your home, they are more likely to put in an offer quickly.
Increase Curb Appeal
When people see your home for the first time, you want to ensure they don’t drive away before stepping foot in the house.
Creating curb appeal is easy to do and you can find our best tips here. If the outside of your home looks inviting, people will be eager to see what they will find inside.
By following these simple tips, you’ll have your home showing-ready in no time.
You may have heard, “The spring market begins after the Super Bowl.” That of course was last Sunday, and from all early indications, the spring market of 2018 has begun. As the busiest time of year for the housing market, spring – actually, February through May – brings opportunity for buyers and sellers alike. If you’re thinking about selling your home, here are some keys to success.
Begin with a Comparative Market Analysis
Get an opinion of your home’s value from an active real estate pro. After all, “What is my house worth?” is probably the biggest question on your mind – and that’s why a Comparative Market Analysis (“CMA”) is so important. A real estate broker will prepare a CMA to give you a snapshot of your home’s current value based on comparable properties in your area. This will help you determine the appropriate asking price for your home when it comes time to list.
The peak season for real estate has begun, and your home should be in great showing condition at all times. While this may seem daunting, your agent can recommend services to help you get ready. Declutter and prep your home for showings and open houses by following these tips.
Yes, Do Those Necessary Home Improvements
Inspections aren’t just for homebuyers. If sellers order an inspection prior to putting their home on the market, they can identify and address issues that could arise during the escrow period. Sellers should also keep in mind that many buyers today are looking for a home that is turnkey and move-in ready. If you thought you might want to “do something” to your home, chances are your buyer will have the same idea. From painting to re-finishing floors, home improvement projects can boost a home’s sale-ability and also give it a more current look.
Have a Marketing Strategy
From the time-tested yard sign to cutting-edge content marketing, there are numerous tactics for marketing a home these days. Having a comprehensive marketing plan positions your home to get the broadest exposure and to achieve the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time. It also makes the selling process a lot more seamless. Without a doubt, the most successful sellers (and their brokers) create and follow a strategy that is tailored to their specific listing.
Spring brings more competition in real estate, which means sellers need to be flexible on matters beyond just negotiating price. You might be asked to show your home at the last minute, to close quickly, or to satisfy an unusual request. Be open minded at all times and keep the end goal in mind. Don’t reject an offer just because it potentially requires more work than anticipated. If a buyer makes an offer, they are interested. Keep them engaged and work towards an agreement. After all, that’s how you can make your next move, too.
This post originally appeared on the @properties blog
Written by Maris Callahan, @properties
Selling your home during the holiday season can add stress to an already busy time of the year. While selling your home over the holidays has its advantages, it also means you may need to modify how you deck the halls, prepare your home and entertain guests.
If you’re selling your home over the holidays, we have a few tips to help you as you host those traditional gatherings and simultaneously find that perfect buyer.
Keep your holiday decorations simple
If your house is on the market, you have already (hopefully) pared down each room, removing clutter, both visual and physical. If you plan on having a Christmas tree, there are a few things that you can do to make life easy on yourself.
David Jablonowski suggests decorating and entertaining as you normally would — tradition is tradition, after all, but says to keep it simple wherever possible — including skipping the authentic tree in favor of an artificial one.
“Use an artificial tree so that you aren’t hurriedly vacuuming errant pine needles in the moments prior to a showing. If you have a large tree, try to keep it to a visual minimum, decorating with simple white lights and keeping ornament color to one or two.
You want to ensure that the home does not feel crowded, and that potential buyers can walk around easily, so consider taking a piece of furniture out of the room to compensate for the addition of a tree.
Keep other decor to a minimum; a simple wreath on the door and a glass bowl of silver ornaments can still deliver a festive look without overpowering the rest of the home.
Resist the desire to fill the mantle of your fireplace with a lighted ceramic holiday village, avoid electric trains around the tree (easy to trip on), and if the presents under the tree start to spill out into the rest of the room, you might want to store some of them until Christmas Day.
Keep in mind that you’ll be packing up all of these things soon enough if you are moving, so get ahead of the game by opting to forego the holiday tablecloth, Santa bedsheets, and that vintage sled.
Instead, think of how excited you will be to see these in your new home next season.”
Show off your perfect home for entertaining
If you have a home that is well equipped for entertaining, Stephanie Parent adds that hosting can prove to be an asset to the sale of your home.
“If you are hosting over the holidays my suggestion is to make sure your home is decorated like you staged it. With family and friends coming over for holiday celebrations you may be entertaining your home’s next owner.
Seeing your home sparkle at this time of the year may spark the interest of a guest or better yet have them tell people about what a great home you have for entertaining.
Word of mouth advertising for your home may be just the thing to get your home sold.”
Entertain your buyers, too!
Tis the season to eat drink, and be merry. Katie Dunlop suggests flexing your host or hostess muscle when your broker has showings.
“A homeowner can absolutely decorate for holiday guests — just don’t go over board, think simple and classy and it will make prospective buyers feel at home.
Having some of those extra yummy holiday treats or drinks on the kitchen counter won’t hurt either. As they snack it gives the listing agent an opportunity to ask questions, get to know them and obtain feedback that can help aid your sale.”
Ask for help when you need it
Sometimes, hosting out-of-town guests for holidays is simply unavoidable. If you must host guests, Pam Lynch suggests enlisting their help to get your home up to par for showings.
“If you are having out-of-town guests, be sure to let them know that your house is on the market and you may need to accommodate strangers in the house with very short notice.
Most guests will be happy to help you by keeping their suitcases packed and slipped under the bed if a showing occurs.
You can even enlist extended family to help you make beds, keep luggage organized, keep toiletries tidy, and make sure all living spaces are spotless for showings. Prepare ahead by ensuring that each guest room has plenty of room in the closet and or even an empty dresser drawer to stash belongings – especially personal ones like medications, jewelry, cash or other valuables.”
Plan accordingly with your guests
Whether you’re hosting guests overnight or simply for a special meal or gathering, Jennifer Riccolo DeBower emphasizes how important it is to plan ahead — both for showings and for your events.
“If you are having guests stay with you pick a two hour window each day where you know it will be easiest to have the home show ready and everyone out of the house to accommodate buyers.
Conversely, if you know your guests will all be over for a special meal give your agent the instruction to avoid the particular day or certain hours of that day.”