13. September 2010 15:04
With so many houses today on the market and fewer buyers, selling a home can be difficult. More than ever, people looking to sell their homes need to consider options that will make their house stand out above the rest. One way is for sellers to learn how to properly stage their home so that potential buyers can visualize it as their home instead of a constant reminder of what the seller prefers.
Sellers may not have a lot of money to update their homes and can find that doing so will yield little return right now. Therefore, finding creative ways to accentuate the positives in a home are becoming more popular and don't have to cost the kitchen sink. Here are some tips to help stage your home.
Picture yourself on the other side. Once a home goes on the market, it is now a product that needs to be sold. Selling a home can be an emotional process and sellers need to remember the goal is to make a sale. Taking yourself and your memories out of the equation will help you to make better decisions on how to properly stage and market the home.
The photos have to go. If there are a lot of memories hanging on the wall, it is time to pack them up now. Potential buyers can easily spend more time seeing all of your personal belongings and barely remember what the house looked like. Take the personal sentiment out of it and remember whatever helps it to sell is the right thing to do.
So this is the dining room! It might work for you to have your weight set in the dining room, but buyers will quickly forget there even was a dining room. Each room should be simply staged in the manner the room was designed. For example, dining rooms should contain a dining room table and living rooms should not have a bed set up. People will be confused if a home is not set up properly.
How many sellers does it take to change a light bulb? Make sure that every little fix you can address is taken care of before potential buyers arrive. Change the light bulbs as needed, fill in any holes in the walls, replace the screen in the storm door, etc. Minor updates require minimal dollars and will assure that home seekers don't remember your house as the one with the really squeaky door.
Scrub-a-dub-dub! Cleaning a home from top to bottom is essential when trying to sell. While vacuuming, dusting, and sweeping are on most people's chore list, you should also do heavy duty cleaning. Scrubbing the bath tub (buyers will look!), removing lime build-up from kitchen and bathroom sink faucets using a product like Lime-Away, washing the windows, and more sends an impression the house is well maintained.
Come Hither... Before anyone will knock on your door for a walk through, they must like it on the outside first. Having "curb appeal" is essential and if your front yard is looking a little rough, you have been pre-judged before they step inside. Keep the yard mowed, rake up the leaves, clear out wild brush, and sweep the porch. Potted plants and modest shrubbery are a nice touch while overgrown flowerbeds may send a cluttered impression.
Selling your home in today's market may be difficult, but it is not impossible. Take every step you can to make your house a place that somone else will want to call home.
"Selling a House - How to Prepare Your House For Sale" About.com