Getting your home ready before you list IS important

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAXPrestige
Sometimes it is hard to convince sellers that staging their home or at least de-cluttering and minor updates are important when listing your home. I was reminded of this recently when out touring homes with a buyer. We looked at a home which was vacant, had some interesting paint and flooring choices, out of date light fixtures etc. Nothing major but my buyers were just not wowed by the house and decided that they did not like the floor plan and so we went to the next house. The next house we toured was just a few streets away. We walked in and they immediately liked the look of this one. It was very tastefully decorated with updated flooring and light fittings. As they looked around they thought that this could work for them. I on the other hand was having a case of déjà vu. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it was the exact same floor plan just flip flopped. When I pointed this out to them they could hardly believe it was the same house. On our next venture out the exact same thing happened. The first house was ok, but the décor was tired and the house did not shine. The next house, they really liked and guess what it was the same floor plan. They are also selling their current home and have been very receptive to my staging suggestions. After touring these homes they really understood the importance of how the house looks to prospective buyers. If you are going to sell your home, employ the services of a real estate professional who will advise you on preparing the house for sale and make sure you do not lose potential buyers to the other house in the neighborhood that shows better than yours.
Posted by

Sue Riley Realtor, GRI

Prudential Texas Properties

Serving Collin and Grayson Counties and surrounding area.

Offering great customer service for all of your real estate needs

Comments (7)

Mike Schneider
10 YRS with Active Rain ! - Lake in the Hills, IL

Sue..well said ! so important and so neglected many times.  best wishes, Mike

May 19, 2011 11:35 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

True, true, true, just left one of my listings. Frustrated as I've explained the importance of being clutter free...there was an exercise bike in the living room, toys all over the dining room, stuff on the table in the kitchen....yikes!  It was tough to see the floor plan through the clutter...fortunately they're moving out soon...I'll get it staged and I'll bet it sells!

May 19, 2011 11:36 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Great post Sue. Well stated and written.

May 19, 2011 11:36 AM
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

What's even more impressive is when it's the same floor plan, not a mirror image, and the buyers can't tell. They're often so focused on what's in the house rather than the house itself.

May 19, 2011 11:46 AM
Joshua Harley
Fathom Realty - Plano, TX
CEO, Tech Geek, Innovator, Disruptor, US Marine

You're right - it's a beauty contest in many ways (along with price of course!)

May 20, 2011 03:32 AM
Sue Riley
RE/MAXPrestige - Van Alstyne, TX

Thank you for your comments. If only we could get all if our sellers to understand this!


May 21, 2011 02:31 AM
Mary Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Bentonville, AR

Hi Sue, Pretty commands the highest price, anything less costs you! Have a great day!

Sep 16, 2011 07:28 AM