HOME SELLING TIPS FOR 2014 JULY 31, 2014 MARTY GALE
Home Selling Tips for 2014
Make your Yard Stand Out
Make your Yard Stand Out
One of the most important rooms in the home is a Kitchen
The Entry Way will create a lasting first impression.
Transforming your home to a House for sell. Selling a house is not the same as living in one. What is the difference? A home is where you live and a house is what you buy. Right now you have made the house “your home”. With all the personal memorabilia, family photos and other odds and ends that embody you and your families personalities. The buyer needs to be able to the same, place themselves and their family in your house and begin to image what it would be like as “their home”. Buying a house despite what a buyers might say is generally an emotional decision. It doesn’t always start out that way but in the end, well it’s all about the warm and fuzzy feeling, I like this home. Master Suite Bath You need to think of your house like a model home being marketed. Property. Real estate. The goal is to get others to see it as their potential home, not yours. If you do not take action to consciously make this decision, you can inadvertently create a situation where it takes longer to sell your property. Bedroom 2 The first step in getting your home ready to sell is to “make it neutral”. With out your personality. Grand Master Suite Make Your Home “Neutral… no face with the place.” If there is a model home nearby, go visit. Don’t worry about what size it is. What you want to do is get ideas. Notice how they are staged. Lightly furnished homes that anyone could live in. So no family photos. They are anonymous. There might be a book on the end table or a baseball on the boys room. But the teen idol posters and friends plastered all over the walls are gone. A little bit of charm and home feeling but not the identity. Not placing a face with the place. This way the potential buyers can view it as their home. When a potential home buyer sees your family photos hanging on the wall, it puts your face with the place and distracts them from their illusions about living in the house themselves. Put away family photos, sports trophies, guns, and animal heads along with the collectible items, knick-knacks, and souvenirs. Put them in a box. Rent a storage area or box em up and put them in your garage. You are getting ready to move! You might as well start packing! De-junk as you get ready to move. Don’t put stuff you are not going to use in the basement, garage or a closet. Part of preparing a house for sale is to remove “clutter,” and that is the next step in preparing your house for sale. This is the hardest thing for most people to do. They are emotionally attached to everything in the house. It is hard to notice sometimes after living in the same home fort a long time. Clutter collects little by little, as the homeowner you just don’t really notice. However, the buyer will notice. The hard part about this is they might not be able to identify why. They might like the layout of the house but for some reason it just does not quiet feel right. Clutter will affect the way buyers see the home. Clutter collects on shelves, counter tops, drawers, closets, garages, attics, and basements. You want as much open clear space as possible, so every extra little thing needs to be cleared away. Take a step back and pretend you are a buyer. Let a friend help point out areas of clutter, as long as you can accept their views without getting defensive. I help buyers stage their home as part of my listing service.