When I am selling a Bryan/College Station home, I always offer tips to the seller concerning how to put their home in the best light for showings. First impressions are lasting impressions. And in soft market times, it is important to show your listing at its best advantage.
It is an industry fact that staged homes sell faster. When your home has been properly staged, you will have true confidence that the first impression will be a positive and lasting one. The main point of staging is to showcase the benefits of the house in the best possible light. It will make your home appear like a model home so that potential buyers can envision themselves living there. Additionally, a properly staged house appears to be in move in-ready condition. This means that potential buyers will be able to visualize their belongings and themselves in your home much more easily, which is exactly what you want.
Another benefit of a staged home is that it projects an image of being well-maintained and cared for. The underlying psychological message that is sent to the potential buyer is that it is worth more, and that they will not have to worry about inheriting costly problems to which they will have to attend and repair.
The key points to staging a home are: de-cluttering, de-personalizing, updating old/unattractive fixtures, painting, furniture arrangement, and accessorizing – so that you display your home in its best possible shape.
Generally, the following are always on the list for seller reminders of what the buying public wants to see when previewing the home. First and foremost, the exterior should be repainted or power washed as it is the first impression. (While you’re focusing on the exterior, remember to power wash the driveway, sidewalk, etc.) Paint is equally important on the interior; rooms that are painted light, neutral colors show the best as they make a room appear airier, larger, and more inviting.
Some smaller, but very important tasks to complete before showing your home are:
Additionally, I’ve listed below some common flaws in a home that I look out for:
These are the main tips I offer to my Bryan/College Station clients when we are working together on selling their home. If you are interested in detailed staging or design tips, I am always happy to help; just give me a call! Continue to visit my blog daily for the best local, expert real estate advice!
Clay Lee – Realtor
Century 21 Beal, Inc.
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