You’ve decided to sell your house. Whatever the reason for your move, after the big decision to put your house on the market comes the realization that now you have to get your house READY to sell. This can be daunting. Where do you start? What do you need to do to show potential home buyers that YOUR house is the one they want? The answer: Staging.
Home staging is one of the most effective methods to make buyers want to call your house their new home. It can be as simple as decluttering and repainting. Or it can be quite involved; putting your belongings in storage, renting furniture and even redecorating. Whatever route you take, it’s important to remember staged homes sell more quickly and for more money! A study released by the NAR (The National Association of Realtors) showed that the increase in the sale value was typically between 6 to 10 percent higher that for non-staged homes in comparative price ranges and neighborhoods.
Tips for Getting Your House Ready to Sell
Declutter: This is always #1 on the list and a perfect place to start. Yet many sellers find that this can be the hardest step – after all you LIVE in your house! By no means do you need to empty your house but rather selectively remove anything that may be a distraction to buyers from seeing what they are getting with your house and visualizing themselves living in it.
- Start in the kitchen. Clear the counters of all small appliances, plus remove any displayed collections (e.g. spoons, tea cups, antiques, nonfunctional decor). Remove magnets, children’s artwork/report cards, etc. from the refrigerator. Pack away any unused larger appliances, pots, pans, etc. Go through and organize/remove unused cleaning supplies you store under the sink. Potential home buyers will open your pantry and cabinets to see what kind of storage space they have when envisioning their items in your home.
- Move to the bathrooms. Remove any medications, jewelry, personal items and store them in a safe place. Have a cabinet or linen closet that is filled to the brim? Time to empty those out and get them organized. Only leave a set of 3 linens/towels MAXIMUM. Remember you want to create space! Clean and repair any grout issues in the tub or shower. You may even want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service if your bathrooms are in a seriously neglected state.
- Onto the family room/living room/dining room areas. Start by going through your books and magazines and pack, toss or donate any that you’re not currently reading. Keep only a few out for display. Remove any personal decor (especially family pictures) and knick-knacks from shelves, buffet tables and china cabinets. Repair and touch up any chips to the paint on the walls and woodwork and replace any broken or cracked switch-plates. Select only a few accent pillows and one throw blanket, then pack everything else away to store off site.
- Lastly, go through the bedrooms. Pack away any unused clothing – only keep what you need for 3 months making sure to organize the closet. Make sure bed linens are clean and inviting and that the floors are cleared of shoes, clothing, etc. If you have children, please take a look at my recent post with tips on how to properly stage a child’s room.
Go Outside: You’ve just done so much work INSIDE that sometimes the outside of your house takes a back seat to preparing your house and making it ready to sell. What does your house look like when you’re walking up to the front door? Is it inviting? Most people will first drive by a house before deciding if its worth scheduling a walk through. If you drove by your house, would the outside make you want to stop and take a look inside?
- Look at the front of your house. Examine your door, the frame and the porch. Repair/paint any noticeable chips. Consider repainting your front door a contrasting/coordinating color to your house to make it a focal point. This will draw potential buyers into wanting to enter into your home. If you have a porch, make sure its decluttered and only leave a nice welcoming seating area with a few seasonal decorations.
- Move on to the yard. Make sure your grass is well taken care of and freshly cut. Fix fences and gates that are in need of repair. Clean up current landscaping by removing any weeds, old flower pots, etc and plant full-size, bright plants and flowers for “pops” of color. Your goal should be a warm and thriving garden that doesn’t make the buyers feel that they have a lot of work to do before moving in.
- Windows. Clean all windows inside and outside!
These are just a few tips to help you get your house ready to sell. Staging a home can range from simple to complex but at the end of the day it’s about getting the most money for your house in the shortest amount of time.
Who Should I Choose To Stage and Sell MY Home?
Why not choose the very best? If you find selling your house faster and for more sounds like a great idea, then talk to Lynda Miller first. Find out why Linda was selected as one of Orlando’s Top 100 Realtors by Orlando Magazine for 2017. With over 20 years of experience in the Orlando real estate market, Lynda’s clients all say it best: Lynda sold their homes faster and for more money than they had anticipated. Let Lynda help you sell your home quicker and for more, as she’s done for so many other satisfied home owners. If you’ve decided to place your Central Florida home or house on the market, we urge you to call Lynda Miller today at (407) 620-2924 or contact her Online now. There is a difference in Central Florida’s realtors and Lynda truly is a Real Estate All-Star Agent!