Gloria Dodge's Blog
Creating curb appeal is an essential ingredient to attracting potential buyers to a house for sale. Similar to the concept of "dressing for success," when you make a strong first impression, your chances for producing positive results are greatly enhanced.
Looking good from the outside is the first step to capturing people's interest, but that's only the first of several hurdles that you have to clear. The last thing you want to do as a home seller is disappoint prospective buyers when they start looking around inside. That's why it's important to start strong and finish strong! While that may be easier said than done, it's a principle of success you can't afford to ignore.
Once you put your house on the market, there are two factors that could potentially work against you: the elements of time and competition.
- Time is of the essence: Time can either be your friend or your adversary, depending on how long your house has been on the market. When house hunters see the words "just listed," it creates a feeling of excitement and urgency. For many eager home buyers, those two words mean there's a fresh opportunity to discover the house of their dreams... or at least a reasonable facsimile! It's especially enticing to frustrated buyers who have already looked at a lot of homes, without having found the right one yet. When a new house is listed and put on the market, couples will be thinking and saying "Maybe this house will be the one!" Your challenge as a home seller is to do everything possible and cost-effective to live up to their expectations! An important factor to keep in mind is that the longer a house is on the market, the less appealing it generally is to prospective buyers. Once a house has been languishing on the market for more than a couple months or so, it also puts the sellers at a negotiating disadvantage.
- Competition is a fact of life: Buying a house is weighty decision. No one takes it lightly, and few buyers are going to make an offer on a house if they haven't looked at several others, too. Well-organized house hunters will have wish lists, "must have" requirements, and detailed notes and recollections about how each house stacks up. So it's important to work with your real estate agent to present your home in its best possible light. When your home compares favorably to other similar properties on market, your chances of getting it sold within a reasonable period of time are greatly improved.
If plans for selling your home are in the near future, you’re going to want to start strategizing the most cost- and time-effective ways to make your home irresistible to potential buyers. One of the most proven ways of giving your home the edge it needs to stand out from the competition is good photography and attractive staging.
In today’s post, I’m going to share my tips on home staging that can be achieved on a budget and in a short period of time. That way you can focus more time on finding a new home and stop worrying about selling your current one.
Tip 1: Start packing
Before you start worrying about arranging furniture, it’s important to make sure you have a clean slate to work with. Start by packing personal effects into boxes and labeling them accordingly.
Staged homes are homes that look appealing to the widest audience as possible. Having personal reminders, like family photos, trophies, etc., makes it harder for viewers to picture themselves living in the home.
Most of us keep our homes arranged in a way that is convenient to our lives. And. let’s face it--life can be messy. But, when it comes to staging, less is usually more.
Not only will this cleaning process help you reduce clutter and make the home look better for staging, but it will also make your moving process easier since many of your boxes will already be organized and sealed.
Tip 2: Color scheming
Expertly staged homes tend to have one thing in common--a cohesive color scheme. Think of choosing your color scheme like creating an artist’s palette. You want a few colors that compliment one another and that will work together to brighten up your home.
If you have any furniture that appears worn, dated, or that clashes with the scheme of the room, it’s a good idea to place them in storage while you prepare for photographs and visitors.
Tip 3: Decorate sparingly
Now that you’ve packed away your family photos, you might be wondering what to put on the walls in their place. The best answer is often nothing. However, that doesn’t mean the walls need to be completely bare.
For smaller rooms, you can make them appear more spacious with the use of hanging mirrors (just make sure you can’t see yourself in any of those mirrors when you take your photos!).
Tip 4: Don’t forget the outside of your home
The value of curb appeal can’t be overemphasized. The exterior of our homes, along with our yard and driveway, are essentially what we show the world about our lives. Since most home buyers want their house to look nice, fit in with the neighborhood, but have its own unique flair all at the same time. They want to know that your house has that potential.
Furthermore, the driveway and yard are two of the first things people see when they visit. You’ll want to take advantage of this moment by making a good impression.
When you have hired a real estate agent to sell your home, you probably realize that while your realtor is the main ingredient in getting your home sold, there are things that you can do to help the process along and boost your chances of selling fast for a good price. Below, you’ll find things that you can do as a seller to help in the process of getting your home sold.
Don’t Be There During Showings
Do your best to get out of the house during appointments that are set up for home showings. The buyer’s agent doesn’t want you there. The showing agent doesn’t want to feel awkward. Check your messages frequently and know when the home will be shown so you can plan accordingly. You don’t want to hover around the potential buyers. The good news is that your agent will set up all of the appointments for you. The only thing you need to do is get out of the way and let the showings happen!
To Assist In Showings And Open Houses
Turn on all of the lights
It makes your home feel more inviting if people walk into a nice bright home.
Turn on your fireplace (if it’s winter and you have one)
This adds an extra glow of warmth to the home and highlights one of the great features of your property.
Light some candles or spray some fabric refresher
Depending upon what kinds of odors you may be dealing with, it’s always good to make the home smell nice before showings. If you have pets, you’ll want to try and mask that odor in order to keep buyers from being overwhelmed by one certain scent.
Cage pets if they must be left in the house
You really should make an effort to get pets out of the house for an open house or a home showing. If you must leave your pets behind for some reason be sure that they are caged and out of the way. Many buyers won’t find pets to be welcoming. People could even have a fear of cats or dogs that may turn them off from the home completely. You don’t want to take that risk.
Clear walkways of snow, ice, yard debris, and other hazards
Safety is important when it comes to home showings and open houses. If people can’t get up the driveway easily to enter the house because of snow, ice, and branches, your home won’t seem very inviting.
Clear The Clutter
A Clutter-free home is a happily sold home
Clear your home of all clutter. You may not have time to give it a deep clean but you certainly should be ready to give the rooms of your house a once over. Pick up any loose papers that are hanging around. Get piles of clothing put away. Take out the trash. Wipe down the counters. There are tons of little things that you can do to clean up your home and make it look presentable for showings.
By working alongside your realtor, your home sale should be very successful!