Staging a Home for Sale
We can’t stress enough the importance of presenting your home in the best possible way. There are so many things that can be done to encourage a positive impression. A well thought out plan will be well worth your efforts. It’s important to take stock of what you have and prioritize while taking into account your time frame, your goals and your resources. Listed below are suggestions.
- Simplify rooms and remove as much unnecessary furniture and items as possible.
- Remove collections and all clutter, all the paper and the “stuff”. Take almost everything off of the counter tops. Empty closets.
- Think of highlighting the features of the house rather than the features of the things in the house. Remember you plan to move. Pack it up and either get rid of it or store it. It will make your future move easier.
- Make sure to have all the rooms set up. If you have an office or loft you have been using to store things, get rid of the clutter and set up as a simple office or bedroom space.
- In the bathrooms remove all the towels except fresh hand towels and all toothbrushes and toiletries from both the sinks and the shower. Make it sparkling clean. Use fresh flowers and decorative soap on the counter instead.
- Paint, paint paint! It’s one of the most inexpensive things you can do with the highest impact. Choose high appeal colors.
- Attend to all the little fixes. Do all the outlets have covers? Are there holes in the walls from paintings that have been moved? Are there nicks in the wall? A broken tile? You don’t want to give the impression that the home has not been maintained.
- Consider refinishing the wood floors and possibly removing some of the carpets.
- Open up the windows. Clean the glass and remove or pull up all the shades. Let the light in.
- Add lighting and turn it all on. Add more lighting than you think you need. Change to higher wattage bulbs. Make sure you have the same bulbs for the recessed lighting in each room.
- The front yard should look it’s best. It will often determine whether or not the potential buyes will go inside. Many buyers will look at the photos and drive by and then decide whether to make an appointment.
Here is short list of five things to make sure to do prior to selling your home
Presentation is so important! In order to get the most out of the sale of your home, prepare your house the best you can.
- Make sure all the switches and outlets have covers, and they are clean.
- Every room needs adequate lighting, including the basement.
- Replace burnt out light bulbs. They should all be high watt bulbs. Burnt out bulbs show terribly in photos.
Common issues that often arise after a home has been put under agreement.
Given our experience representing a vast number of home sales, we have identified a few issues that repeatedly come up after a home has a sales contract. Quite often the buyer(s) will request that the seller(s) address these issues, asking for either repairs, a reduction in the agreed upon sales price or withdrawal from the agreement entirely. We recommend that our clients be proactive, considering and addressing potential issues prior to contracting with a potential buyer, by making sure they are taken care of – or fully disclosed – prior to putting the home on the market.
Nine of the most frequent potential problems include: (more…)
If you are planning to have an open house, don’t miss the opportunity to truly showcase your home. Treat the day like you have invited guests and are having a party in your home. Plan for groups of people to be there at the same time. After you have staged your home and prepared it for the photos there is more you should do to get it ready for the open house. Below is a list of suggestions.
- Rearrange furniture if necessary to accommodate traffic flow.
- Bathrooms – Plan on having people use them. Make sure there is enough soap and paper. We recommend putting out nice disposable hand towels and a place to throw them away.
Once you have made the decision to sell your home, you have made the decision to move! We find that many clients would like to try to keep their house the way they live in it with as little disruption as possible. A worthy goal but a goal that may be easier to achieve if many of the possessions are actually packed and possibly moved out of the house. Once your home is on the market, you will need to be able to get it in showing condition very quickly for each appointment. Start with your storage areas first. That will give you the space to organize what you would usually have out or use frequently. Here are a few tips on where to start: (more…)
John & Cindy Farrell – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
The way you prepare and stage your home varies depending on what season it is. In addition to the suggestions we give you for the general staging of your home and preparing for photos. We have a few recommendations to help you in the winter.
- Make sure the heat is on! If the potential buyers are cold they won’t be able to relax and the house will feel uncomfortable to them. We have seen showings cut very short in cold homes.
- Your house needs to smell good. Remember the windows will not be open. Make sure the house is very clean and all pet smells are taken care of. Do not try to cover odors with air fresheners or candles. (more…)
What should we do to stage our home in the winter?
Don’t believe that your home can’t look fabulous in the winter! If you plan to sell your home in the winter there are many things you can do to give it great curb appeal. Curb appeal is important in any season. The winter is an opportunity to make your home stand out. Many seller’s won’t give the winter exterior the attention it deserves. This will give you the competitive edge. Take the focus off the dormant gardens, stop focusing on what doesn’t look it’s best and redirect the focus on what looks great. Here is a list of ideas to get you started. (more…)
John & Cindy Farrell – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokergae
House did a great survey to show the current trends in kitchen design. Make sure to see the full Houzz survey results. We can help with your project ideas early and give you our thoughts on resale in the future. You may not be thinking of selling now but it is important to give this thought when you are renovating your home. The decisions you make now could greatly impact the value and saleability of your home. Contact John & Cindy Farrell 978-468-9576.
John & Cindy Farrell – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
It is important to make a great first impression when you are selling your home. That first impression used to be when a potential buyer walked up to and entered your home. That is no longer happening for most buyers, and many sellers haven’t given any thought to how things have changed. The first impression most often happens well before someone walks through your front door. When you put your home on the market, potential buyers for your home may be considering your home for the first time on line. Then after getting the address online, possibly driving by, well before they even consider making an appointment to view it with their agent.
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After you have done the initial staging of your home and prepared it for photos the next step is to get ready for the showings. Once people are in your home they will be opening the closets, opening your refrigerator, opening the microwave and opening the oven.
See this great post on the National Association of Realtors blog, Styled Staged and Sold, by Melissa Dittman Tracey about staging your refrigerator.
It’s especially important if you are leaving the appliances with the home to have them very clean and well presented. Even if you aren’t leaving the appliances their condition will leave a general impression of how a home has been maintained and cared for. (more…)