Cheryl Fleming, GRI, ABR's Blog
Effectively staging your home can make a difference when selling your home. It can help you reach your asking price, or it can mean the difference between making a sale and not making a sale.
With so much at stake, it’s clear that home staging is a good idea. However, if you plan on living in your home while it’s on the market it can cause a big change in your lifestyle. It can mean putting most of your belongings in storage and be constantly rearranging furniture and moving your valuables around.
In this article, I’ll give you some tips to help you get through the difficult time of living in a staged home. I’ll talk about how you can make the most of this situation while still making the important sale on your home.
Decluttering and removing personal items from your home
There are two important things to remember when cleaning out your home before staging it. You want to declutter and you want to remove your personal presence in the home.
In terms of decluttering, not only is this a good time to start packing up items you won’t need until you move into your next home, but it is also a good time to do some cleaning. When going through your home, ask yourself if you’ve used the item in question within the last year or two. If the answer is no, you might be able to throw away or donate the item.
When someone views a home they want to be able to picture living there. That’s hard to do if it is filled with the photos and heirlooms of another family. If you’re unsure about whether something is too personal to keep on display in your home, there’s a good chance that it’s better off to put it in storage.
Use your free time at home to your advantage
Living in your home while it’s on the market gives you one important advantage--you’re able to spend more time prepping your home for sale. Use your free time and weekends at homes to paint your walls bright, neutral colors. You can also experiment with arranging furniture in a spacious and welcoming way.
This is also a good time to take care of small issues that might turn off potential buyers. Runny faucets, creaking doors, and other cosmetic fixes are all simple but important fixes to make while still living in your home.
Adopt a “clean as you use” mentality
Since people are coming to view your home, you’ll naturally want it to be as clean and tidy as possible. But rushing to clean everything before someone views your home makes it more likely to overlook a dirty countertop or misplaced towel.
A good practice is to simply clean up after yourself as you use items. That means wiping down the counter or oven after use, making sure you don’t leave products out in the bathroom, and sweeping the floors at the end of the day.
While it can be difficult to live in your home while it is staged for sale, it also has its advantages. As you go through this process, remember that it isn’t forever, and that it can save you time and money in the long run.
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For those who want to sell a house, it helps to plan ahead as much as possible. By doing so, you can identify potential home selling hurdles and address such problems.
To better understand how to prepare for the house selling journey, let's take a look at three questions that every home seller needs to consider before listing a residence.
1. What is my home worth?
What you originally paid for your house likely is very different from your home's current value. Fortunately, a home appraisal makes it simple to receive an accurate property valuation based on the current condition of your residence and various real estate market factors.
A home appraisal report generally can be prepared in just days. To obtain this report, a home seller will need to hire a property appraiser to analyze his or her residence. Also, a property appraiser will evaluate the current state of the real estate market, the prices of comparable residences that recently sold and other relevant housing market data.
Once you receive a home appraisal report, you can establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence. And with this price in place, you may be able to speed up the home selling journey.
2. Is my home an attractive option?
Think about what sets your house apart from others – you'll be happy you did. Because if you can differentiate your residence from the competition, you may be able to stir up lots of interest in your house as soon as it becomes available.
Oftentimes, it is beneficial to conduct a house inspection prior to listing a home. An inspection enables you to identify any underlying problems with your home. You then can prioritize and complete home repairs based on the inspection results.
You may want to allocate time and resources to bolster your house's curb appeal too. Remember, your home only gets one chance to make a great first impression on prospective buyers. If you enhance your residence's curb appeal, you can boost the likelihood that potential buyers will immediately fall in love with your home.
3. How can I maximize the value of my house?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to promote a house to buyers. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available who can help you craft a custom home selling strategy.
A real estate agent is a home selling professional who understands what it takes to promote a house to the right groups of buyers. He or she will work with you throughout the home selling journey and do everything possible to ensure you can optimize the value of your house.
Best of all, a real estate agent is an expert home selling resource. And if you ever have concerns or questions as you sell your house, a real estate agent can respond to them at any time.
Want to streamline the home selling process? Hire a real estate agent today, and you can move one step closer to listing and selling your house.
If you’re selling your home it can be frustrating when you aren’t receiving any offers. Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s a seller’s market and that the offers on your house would be flying in. However, it’s more complicated than that.
Whether or not your house receives offers is determined by a number of reasons--some that in your control, others that aren’t. But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up and sell your house at a low price.
In this article, we’ll discuss what to do if your house just isn’t selling. We’ll talk about some reasons why people may be hesitant to bid, to inquire about a showing, and to seal the deal and purchase your home.
Revisit the comparable properties
If your home has been on the market for a while, it’s a good idea to check out the other recent homes in your neighborhood to see how their prices compare to the listing price of your home. Since the market fluctuates, other sellers could be adjusting the cost to reflect the current rates, leaving yours higher than it should be.
When pricing your home, make sure you are comparing your house to those that have actually sold. Using houses that have been on the market for a while as a baseline might mean you’ve priced your home too high to sell just like theirs.
Also, make sure you are using houses that share many of the common features that yours does. This can include:
The year the house was built
Number of bedrooms and baths
The lot size
The condition of the home
Remember, it isn’t all just about location.
Getting more leads
If people aren’t making inquiries about your home, there are a few things you should check up on. First, make sure your listings are updated and accurate. The contact info should be easy to find, and you or your real estate agent should provide multiple means of contact (email, cell phone, text, etc.).
Next, ensure that you’ve given enough details about the house. If people are searching for a specific number of rooms but your listing doesn’t mention the number of rooms you have, you might be missing out on several inquiries.
Finally, make sure your photos are high resolution and well-lit. You want to make sure visitors to your listing can get a clear idea of what your home looks like. If your photos are small, dark, blurry, or if they make the house look cramped and cluttered, you should retake your photos or consider hiring a photographer.
Getting more offers
If you’ve had plenty of inquiries and showings but you aren’t getting any offers there may be a deeper, underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Usually, this means your home needs important repairs and upgrades that buyers simply don’t want to make.
If your house is priced to be move-in ready but it’s not, you’ll have to make some upgrades or lower the price.
Not working with an agent
Sellers can also have a difficult time getting offers if they attempt to sell the home themselves without using a real estate agent. If your home is FSBO (For Sale by Owner), you’re missing out on a number of listing services and connections that an agent can provide.