Start "Setting the Stage" to sell your home faster.
Buying a home is an emotional experience. According to the experts, people decide on a house within 11 seconds of entering the front door. Did you know less than five percent of buyers can actually visualize a room in a manner other than what they see in front of them?
You want a potential buyer for your home to immediately think, "this is my new home!" Home staging allows you to create a space where potential buyers can see themselves living. We've put together some tips below to get you started. Be sure to also check out our Alexander's Stage and Store video on YouTube.
Which of these home will sell faster?
1) Curb Appeal
A potential buyer may not get out of the car if they don't like what they see at the curb. To improve your home's curb appeal cut the grass, shovel snow, remove cobwebs, make needed repairs and paint the front door.
2) First Impressions Happen Only Once
Take a critical look inside the entryway and all rooms you can see from the main entryway. This is where you need to create that "wow" factor. Make potential buyers want to explore further.
Let potential buyers see your home, not your personal things. Remember, you want them to visualize themselves in the space. This does not mean you should not have any artwork or accessories. Use less personalized items to draw the eye to key home features. Pack up and store the excess and get things off the floor so people can move comfortably through your home. It also makes a room seem larger.
4) Furniture Placement
Every room has a focal point. Furniture not only sets traffic patterns but can enhance the focal point of your room. Odd furniture placement can make a room appear small or awkward to maneuver. A careful and thoughtful furniture arrangement is a very important step in setting the stage for home sale.
No one likes to walk into a dark and dreary house. You may need to invest in additional lighting to brighten up both your interior and exterior spaces. If possible, turn on lights prior to a showing.
A fresh coat of paint is the most cost effective improvement you can make to prepare your house for selling. The wrong paint colors can break a sale for some buyers. Traditional and more neutral colors are good choices for the exterior of your home. For interiors, neutralizing paint colors does not mean stark white. Color can highlight and accentuate design details, but don't go too wild. Do some research and consider today's paint color trends.
No matter how old your home is it can look like a model home with a few inexpensive accessories in key areas.
Explore some model homes for ideas on depersonalizing and accessorizing. If you don't see it in a model home, you don't want potential buyers to see it in your home. Remove or hide trash containers, bathroom scales, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
9) Clean, Clean, Clean
If you are selling a car, you would most likely detail it. The same must be done with your house when selling. Clean thoroughly and keep it clean throughout the home sale process.
10) Repairs and Upgrades
Your house may require certain repairs and upgrades in order to meet buyer expectations when considering your list price and geographical market. Buyers want to find certain things in a given price range. Do some research and consult your Realtor to determine what those expectations are for your situation.