12 Step Guide to Getting Your Home SOLD!
Hello Again, Savvy Home Sellers!
Welcome back to my 12 Step Guide to Getting Your Home SOLD! Today, we begin Step 7. Last time, in Step 6, we discussed the cost of selling a home. You learned about closing costs, relocation costs, and other costs associated with selling your home and moving.
Step 7: Staging Your Home for Sale
Today, in Step 7, we will discuss staging your home for sale. The goal of home staging is to make your home for sale look bigger, warmer, brighter, and more welcoming. Home staging, when done successfully, will make buyers want to buy your home. Staging involves highlighting the best features of your home. In this buyer's market, buyers have many houses to choose from, so investing a little bit on your house to make it look in top shape and inviting will save you money in the long run and sell your home much faster.
Updating Your Home for Sale
Before actually staging your home, you may need to consider making some updates to any outdated features in your home. Your Realtor will be able to suggest any updates to make. Before updating your home, take the time to thoroughly clean it. Some common updates to consider making to your home are painting the walls neutral colors, replacing the outdated kitchen cabinets and hardware, adding new tile to bathrooms, replacing dated light fixtures, removing wallpaper, and replacing carpet. Your listing agent will be able to tell you which updates will be best for your home and will give you the highest rate of return.
Staging Your Home for Sale
Emphasize the best features of your home while de-emphasizing the less-appealing ones by using home staging. To make rooms look welcoming and uncluttered, arrange a few pieces of furniture, called a vignette, and use other accessories like pillows, tables and lamps, and plants to make a room look more inviting. When showing your home for sale to buyers, you want buyers to be able to picture themselves living in your home. Removing personal items from your home, such as family photos and children's artwork on the refrigerator, will help buyers be better able to do this. To get a better idea of what staging techniques work best, visit open houses around your neighborhood and take note of what looks good and what does not. Ask your listing agent if he or she offers home staging services to home sellers as a part of his or her marketing plan to get your home SOLD.
Home staging is an important part of the home selling process. While home staging may not increase your home's selling value, if done successfully it will help you sell your home faster. Before staging your home, it is important to update the outdated features of your home that may turn buyers away from buying your home. After updating your home, emphasize the best features of your home and de-emphasize the less-desirable ones through the use of vignettes and accessories.
Next time, in Step 8 of my 12 Step Guide to Getting Your Home SOLD we will discuss advertising your home for sale. We will discuss what your Realtor can do to successfully advertise your home, including holding an open house, as well as what you as the home seller can do to promote your home for sale. You will want to keep an eye out for it!
Until Next Time,
Ana Spradling, Your Realtor with Real Results
When selling your home, you want a listing agent who knows how to get your home SOLD quickly, and at the highest rate of return for you. I put my MBA in marketing and my extensive Internet marketing training to work for you and your home. I aggressively market your home online and offline to buyers and buyers' agents. I also offer services to home sellers such as professional photography and home staging to make sellers' homes for sale look their best to home buyers. Learn more about my marketing plan to get your home SOLD; request a free in-home marketing presentation today!