Even in a strong market, there are things you can do to help ensure that your home sells more quickly and at a price you’ll be happy with. One of the most effective strategies is called ‘staging’. When you ‘stage’ your home, you are basically doing a few simple things to show your property off to its fullest advantage and appeal to the most potential buyers. As you’ll see, these are simple actions, but they can pay off handsomely in the end.
To begin, you should thoroughly clean your home inside and out, floors to ceilings. Vacuum, dust, remove scuff marks from the walls, clean cobwebs from corners and baseboards. Spackle and paint small holes and gouges, make sure kitchen appliances shine and bathrooms gleam. Also, declutter your home by removing personal knicknacks, loose magazines and books, extraneous decorations on shelves & countertops, etc.
Outside, you should make sure your porch and walkways are swept, clean, and that sidewalk cracks are free of weeds or clumps of grass. Gardens or beds should be free of trash and debris, and bushes, hedges, and trees should be neatly trimmed. A neatly mown lawn enhances your home’s appearance.
Inside, you can arrange your furniture in the living areas to maximize the feeling of spaciousness in your home. Often, this means positioning chairs and sofas away from the walls and not overfilling the room with furnishings. Be certain your furniture is clean and attractive so as to create a good impression on potential buyers. Make sure all the windows are unblocked and keep curtains and blinds open to let in the most light. Clean, bright, uncluttered rooms are appealing to the eye.
These are just a few of the steps you can take to stage your home and maximize its appeal to potential buyers. There are other easy steps you can take - fresh flowers in vases, plush towels in the bathrooms, opening the windows for a few minutes before each showing - and with 15 years of experience in the West Michigan real estate markets, we know all the facets of successfully staging your home. Why not call us for a free consultation?