So what is the difference between a home that sells quickly and one that takes three times as much to sell when they have the same characteristics and are in the same neighborhood? You guessed it–home staging.
Did you know that staged homes sell 80% faster and up to 20% more than non-staged homes? The thought that home staging can be expensive might overwhelm home sellers. However, remember your home is now a “product” that you are selling and, in the long run, it will cost less to invest in home staging because the home will be less time on the market and will sell for more.
If you are planning on selling and simply cannot afford to home stage your home, here are some things you can do yourself to prepare your home for sale:
De-clutter – Go room by room with a box or large basket and throw in anything that doesn’t belong. Organize your closets and drawers (buyers do look in there).
De-personalize – Walk around the home and remove ANY item that is the size of a football or smaller. Remove all family pictures.
Paint – Paint a neutral color and repair any damaged wood, doors, or walls.
Space – Buyers want to see a spacious home. Remove any bulky furniture as well as furniture that blocks walkways or features of the home.
Natural Light – Make changes to allow for natural light in the home.
Pets – Remove any pets, pets’ beds or toys, and pet odors when people are touring the home.
Clean – Do a deep cleaning of the home. A clean house is always inviting and more appealing.