How to Sell Your Home Faster...

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How to Sell Your Home Faster…

When you visit a model home for a new development what do you notice? You’ll probably find beautifully furnished and decorated rooms that anyone could live in.

Anonymous roomThe operative word is “anyone”.

Sure, there is a sense of it being a family home, but no specific family… the feeling of personality, but no specific person, and for the most part, all the rooms are anonymous.

My wife Catharine performed “staging” before the term was even coined, and she told me long ago that the professionals who set up a model home make it anonymous for a reason. They want buyers to view it as their potential home, not someone else’s. And based on decades of experience these professionals know that this strategy helps sell houses faster and for a better price.

Why not use this same strategy when showing your house or condo?

It’s actually quite easy. Just pack those personal items that can be seen when a potential buyer views a room.

Put away toothbrushes, collectibles, even unopened mail. Put away that trophy, take down the family photo, and box those souvenirs from the family vacations.

No, you don’t have to completely empty your closets and drawers, and don’t forget the fridge door, which is often a mosaic of personal items in most family homes.

If you have too many personal items, consider renting a storage unit for the few weeks that your house or condo will be on the market. It’s worth the investment.

Would you buy a birthday cake with a stranger’s name on it? Well the same holds true when you show your house or condo. Make it anonymous!

If you need some help, as a client in the Tri-cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and surrounding areas of Metro Vancouver, I can offer you a complimentary consultation, and there are no strings attached.

You will receive a list of things that should be done to optimize your chances of selling your home. You can then decide whether to do them yourself, hire a stager to help, do only those things that won’t cost money, or none of the above.

Let me know: 778-878-0778, or email.

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Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
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Would you buy a birthday cake with a stranger’s name on it?

Oh, I will be using that - thanks!

Sep 21, 2010 08:44 PM #1
John Grasty
for real estate results in the Tri-Cities. - Port Moody, BC
Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

It's an "oldie" Virginia, but it still works!

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Virginia.

Sep 21, 2010 08:50 PM #2
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Setting the scene is so important in this highly competitive market.  I don't know if it is weak agents not explaining well to Sellers, or stubborn Sellers...

Sep 22, 2010 03:20 PM #3
John Grasty
for real estate results in the Tri-Cities. - Port Moody, BC
Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

..."not explaining well" = weak

working with "stubborn Sellers" in this market = weak

I think you already knew this Evelyn but you were being polite. LOL

I appreciate you stopping by to comment; thanks.

Sep 22, 2010 03:28 PM #4
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