When your home is on the market, it becomes a product for sale and just like other products for sale, shoppers will be heavily weighing where to invest their hard-earned dollars. As they will be comparing your property with others, it is critical to be objective about anything in your home that they may perceive as a reason "not to buy".
In a 2007 survey of over 2,000 Realtors, agents estimated that staging your home for better presentation yielded a 343% return on investment. Sure you can also lower your asking price instead but typically it is less costly to replace, update or clean the area and present a fresh new space.
Here are some ways you can make dramatic changes in 5 simple steps.
#1 Leverage your homes attributes
Did you know that your property already contains things buyers are willing to pay more money for? Just like the bells and whistles on a sports car, these home features need to be showcased to their full potential so buyers can make their best and highest offer.
•- attractive curb appeal and yard
•- windows with views of mountains, water, skyline, nature, cityscapes
•- high ceilings
•- spacious rooms that feel luxurious
•- eat-in kitchen bars
•- updated or new features
Showcase these areas by drawing attention to them with pops of color and a clear line of sight to the area.
#2 Fix Potential Reasons Not to Buy
Repair, clean or replace the things that could deter a potential buyer from making an offer such as:
•- carpet that needs cleaning or replacing
•- outdated fixtures or flooring
•- chipped, scuffed or dark colored paint
•- anything in the home that is dirty or stained
•- deferred maintenance issues
#3 Show a Light, Bright and Spacious Home
Nothing sells faster than an environment that replicates a restful retreat from busy lives. You can create that feeling in your home by:
•- opening up all windows to let in as much light as possible
•- add plants to bring the "outdoors in"
•- lighten dark areas with no windows with lamp lighting - even during a daytime showing!
•- Showcase more space by removing excess furniture, anything being stored on the floor and eliminating countertop clutter. Remember my personal quote, "Expansive Feels Expensive!
Did you know that by removing some of the items in your home you can actually attract more buyers?
•- remove family photos that remind buyers that they are a visitor in someone else's home rather than envisioning themselves in the space
•- remove personal collections that can make a space feel cluttered and un-relatable to buyers who have different tastes
•- tone down "extreme themes" with a little more of the mainstream to appeal to a broader scope of buyers
#5 Create a Designer Interior that sells 67% faster
You only have 1 chance to make a first impression. Potential buyers are looking to make one of the biggest investments of their lives and they are hoping to find the one gem within their budget that looks and feels as if they paid a fortune. Creating designer touches throughout the home will help you sell for more money. Things like:
•- a sophisticated, warm paint palette - if you will be painting anyway, you can create an expensive feeling with the right color paint in a neutral base.
•- creating warm and inviting seating areas that help buyers envision spending time with family and friends
•- utilizing accent colors sparingly and to draw attention features. Too much or too many colors make a space feel cluttered and not pulled together
•- remove outdated pieces of furniture to create a fresher look to the home
•- update kitchen and bath areas with simple, inexpensive changes such as new knobs, paint, new flooring, lighting or faucets.
Get paid to stage your home by increasing your return on investment by 343%. If you would like help creating an upscale, designer environment that will appeal to more buyers and sell your home for more money, consider hiring a professional stager. At services starting at just $100, designer Kim Kapellusch of Style My Space can help you get the largest return for your home. Check out http://www.StyleMySpace.com