5 Easy ways to get a SOLD sign faster

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker RS318386

Buying a new home is most likely the biggest investment many of you will make. As such, when the shoe is on another foot, you can understand why potential homeowners take long, slow walks through homes for sale.

That is why all homeowners selling their homes need to stage their homes. Fortunately, you can stage a home for sale without breaking the budget or hiring a staging company.  We often walk room by room with our customers and layout a plan for each space.   

1. CLEAN & MAKE EASY UPDATES

The first and most obvious way to successfully stage your home is to clean. Before you stage your home, you must clean everything. That includes:

  • All bathrooms
  • Grout between your tile and backsplash
  • Basements and attics
  • Backyard
  • Behind large pieces of furniture
  • Back of the cabinets

While many homeowners can look beyond extra clothes or shoes in your closet or near the door, you might as well make it as easy as possible for them to envision their dream. Chances are, their dream home is pretty clean. 

2. DECLUTTER

Throwing everything in your closet may work for your parents or friends, but it won’t for house showings. Potential buyers will take slow walks through every single room, including your laundry room, basement, attic and closets.

Therefore, make sure your closets are as organized as can be. Better yet, if they are big, remove some clothes to show off its space. Everyone loves a big closet.

3. DEPERSONALIZE

Next, we have to depersonalize the entire house. We love family portraits as much as any proud parent, but potential buyers won’t. They don’t want to envision your family in the house. They want to see themselves in your house. Therefore, try to remove all personal items related to your family or religious beliefs.

4. IMPROVE CURB APPEAL

As much care as you put inside the house needs to be shown to both the front and backyards as well. Even with a pristine house, potential buyers will not step inside if the outside of your home looks like it has been neglected for years.

Consider the following exterior projects before you list your house:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Add bright flowers
  • Pressure-clean the exterior of the house, driveway and sidewalk
  • Paint the front door

5. CONCEAL PETS

We love pets as much as the next dog owner, but many potential buyers refuse to buy a house once occupied by a pet. Given the mess or smell some animals accumulate, it’s understandable.

As such, before any showing, remove your pet from your home and hide all food bowls, chew toys and kitty litter boxes. Even more important, thoroughly vacuum your carpets and upholstery to remove all traces of pet hair.

In the end you will find that a clean, organized, home that showcases the features that you enjoy will sell faster and for more money than a messy, cluttered property.

 

Coal Infantino

Coldwell Banker

(717) 676-5545

Callcoalyork@gmail.com

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Coal Infantino

Coldwell Banker

1499 S.Queen St York, PA 17403

(717) 854-9242 Office

(717) 676-5545 Cell

Callcoalyork@gmail.com

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Mimi Foster
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Wonderful blog post, Coal. The only thing I would change about it is I would DECLUTTER first - every room, every thing - and then CLEAN. Well-presented homes are going in a hurry. 

May 10, 2016 12:33 AM #1
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Kathy Streib
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Coal- all good tips to get a seller started in their home selling preparation. It's so important to make every showing count!

May 10, 2016 12:29 PM #2
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Roy Kelley
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This is excellent information to share with prospective home sellers.

May 12, 2016 01:19 AM #3
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Allie Angeloni
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Great Blog Coal Infantino - what seems 'obvious' to us as realtors is not always 'obvious' to a seller, especially if the home is still occupied.  Some things they no longer 'see'!  I totally agree that 'clean' is tops because potential buyers do notice.  I had a woman buyer make a comment to me one time, when we were showing them homes, and she spoke the truth, 'You don't have to have money or be wealthy, to be clean' - and she was right on! 

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