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Preparing To Sell Your Home And The Most Important Things To Focus On
Preparing to sell your home can be a very emotional and sometimes daunting, exhausting task. Many sellers ask themselves "where do I begin" or worse yet are sometimes in denial that there is anything to be done. The first thing I ask myself when arriving to a listing appointment is does this home look polished and inviting from the curb? Not only are first impressions everything but here in Pinellas County we are required per our MLS to put the front exterior picture (unless a waterfront home) as the first picture in the listing. With a dreary, unkept front will buyers click past the first picture? According to this article written by Elizabeth Weintraub buyers may not even step out of the car. She notes that in addition to painting the front door and depersonalizing you'll also want to "clear the sidewalks and mow the lawn. Paint faded window trim and plant some yellow flowers if the season allows. Yellow evokes a buying emotion and marigolds are inexpensive. And it goes without saying that you'll want to shovel and salt down those walkways in winter. Trim your bushes. Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number."
Now that we're past the front door there are a few crucial tasks that are going to net you the most when selling your home. They include but are not limited to removing personal items and giving buyers the opportunity to see themselves in the home. My rule of thumb is that there should be nothing on the floor with the exception of furniture. With stacked boxes or other misplaced items you can often times give the buyer the impression that there is a lack of storage, not just messiness. Also if your realtor suggests painting you must trust that it is in your best interest whether you love your lime green walls or not. Lastly if you have not recognized the importance of staging yet then be sure to do your research before shooting it down. Buyers nowadays want to see the house in a way that is functional. Additionally in my experience buyers tend to stay in staged homes significantly longer than empty homes. When the buyer decides they're interested in the house often times we will take a seat and discuss it. Where does your buyer process their love for the home with no where to sit? This year Zillow published a very straight forward approach to staging and you can check out their most recommended tips here.
Whether this is your first or last home you're selling rest assured that the time and little money you'll spend in preparing your home will be more than worth. It some cases a few hundred dollars can net you thousands more. Additionally if your Realtor is not discussing staging with you do yourself a favor and be sure to bring it up to them. No matter how poor or beautiful the home is there is ALWAYS room for improvements and after all our job is to sell your home for the highest amount possible in the least amount of time. Contact us day or night for a free home valuation and consultation that includes staging advice exclusive to your home.
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