Preparing Your Home For Sale? Think Builders Model Home

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John has written this great advice. He has written a post just for the Home Stagers out there. We should all be so lucky to have a Realtor to work with such as John.  I hope we do. 

In MD and entire DC metro area, I partner with some very smart and very successful Realtors.  They know what John knows.  

Buyers, know this the Realtor you want to hire.  Be sure to contact him, or someone who thinks just like him in MD, DC or VA. 

Better yet, call me if you are selling in the DC metro area first! or second. But call me or the best Stager where you live!

Thanks John and good luck everyone when selling your home!

Original content by John McCormack, CRS 16572

Are your Preparing Your Home For Sale? Think Builders Model Home.  

Have you visited a Builders Model Home recently? If not maybe you should prior to preparing your home on the market.  Most builders especially national builders are savvy business people, they have conducted an immense amount of research on trends, buyer expectations and what buyers respond to.  Home builders spend a lot of money to properly stage and present their model homes....why? because it sells homes.  Kitchen in Model HomeIf a buyer were to walk into three of the exact same builder floor plans with one being the builders staged model, another being a finished but “Blank” home and another occupied home poorly decorated, unkempt or unorganized which do you think the buyer would favor?  Even when priced higher the model home wins every time!  It’s warm with good light, soft colors, soft furniture and everything beautifully coordinated.  

I realize most sellers are not professional stagers but when it’s time to prepare your home for the market Think Builders Model Home!  You won't find clutter, nicks and dings, dirty carpets or dingy windows. You won’t find years of dirt standing on top of baseboards or ceiling fans.  You won't find kitchen cabinets lined up with small appliances and last nights dinner. What you will find is organization, cleanliness and purpose.  Builders sell hundred of thousands of homes utilizing the principles of simplicity, color and design.

As a home seller be prepared when listing your home, de-personalize, deep clean, paint, clean windows, organize and since you're moving anyway go ahead and  box it up and store it away.  Think Builders Model Home while you prepare your home for sale then try to emulate their philosophy.  Remember when a full service Realtor® as myself markets your home they are sharing high resolution photographs all over the world wide web so make it shine and be proud.  Don’t give buyers unnecessary objections.  A little work today can easily shorten your time on market and add to your net proceeds. Make that upfront effort, we’ll have your home SOLD in no time. 

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Comments (1)

Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Good post and repost, I always explain to sellers that they sould visit a few models and see how they stage. Here we compete against new homes a lot

Sep 22, 2012 01:06 PM