Why Staging your Home for Sale is so important
Staging your home for sale is an extremely important step as it may actually assist in selling your home at a much faster pace as well as at a higher price.
First impressions matter the most and most buyers will have made up their mind as to whether to buy your house or not within minutes after entering it. Therefore, you need to make sure that you clean and organize your home so as to make great first impressions on any prospective buyer that will be looking to purchase. Unnecessary clutter and untidiness will give a very negative feel to your home, putting off any prospective buyers. Try to remove as many of your personal items from view as possible, in such a way potential buyers would be able to see the functionality and space in the rooms and be better able to imagine themselves living in it.
It is always a good idea to repair any visible faults and defects which potential buyers may easily notice. You want to impress them and so it is imperative to ensure they see no negative aspects to your home. These could be walls with peeling paint, cracks, mould stains, squeaky doors and leaky faucets. You need to make your house look fresh and clean so as to help potential buyers imagine what a beautiful home it may make once they add their own personal touches to it. Besides trying to make the house look bigger by getting rid of unnecessary clutter, arrange furniture and fixtures to create a spacious and airy ambience. Open windows, blinds and curtains to allow as much natural light as possible.
Selling your home, as with any other promotion, needs to be advertised. It’s always advisable to place adverts in strategic places such as real estate magazines and websites so as to target as many buyers as possible. Leaflets and fliers are good promotional methods too. Make sure to include professional, clear photos of your house. A sign in your window and on your front yard, if you have one, work well. Classified ads in a local newspaper are another way to advertise. See if there is a community paper, too. Real estate agents, of course, are experts in selling property and will work with you for a commission. Word of mouth is also a great promotion tool, as you inform your friends and family of the particulars. Finally, posting online is another effective tool as some websites are available for this purpose at no cost at all.
For written advertisements, these need to be well written and concise. Full property details need to be included, along with pointing out the best selling aspects of your property, such as "includes a den which can be used for a fourth bedroom". If you've recently installed new finished hardwood floors, you can let others know they are brand new. Make potential buyers aware of access to the house and any ease of transportation nearby, such as being a block away from a bus route, or a driveway heading up to your home. These tips on home staging will aid in selling your home in no time at all!
Eryn Richardson is a Broker with Century 21 Heritage in Newmarket.