Hiring a professional to stage and photograph your home prior to putting it on the market is a great way to create interest in your property. However, you still need to do some work on your home before bringing in the pros to make it shine. From depersonalizing to getting rid of clutter, here’s how to get your home ready to sell faster and maybe even at a higher price.
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Declutter and Clean
Stepping over dog toys or seeing family photos on the wall may make some potential buyers feel warm and fuzzy. But most people want to see a home for sale as a blank canvas. They want to imagine living their lives in your home, not fit themselves into the few open spaces they find. Plus, clutter takes up space and makes the house feel messy.
It won’t matter how appealing the architecture is or how much natural light you take advantage of. If your home has stuff stacked everywhere, buyers won’t see the attractive details — only the mess. So take some time to get organized, and break your plans into smaller projects you can accomplish each day. Make a list of the things you need to declutter, and eliminate clutter wherever it dwells. Don’t forget to enlist some help from family and friends — or a professional decluttering service — if needed!
After decluttering, every corner of your home should be given a deep cleaning. You’re best off hiring a maid service for this job. If you’re going to use your own furniture to stage your home, make sure you only use your best pieces and that they’re free of stains. You may even want to consider having some of your pieces reupholstered.
Depersonalize Before Open Houses
Once you make the decision to sell, it’s tempting to want to move quickly. But your family’s clutter all over won’t bode well for selling your home. And that’s because many buyers have different tastes. To appeal to the most potential buyers possible, you should aim for neutral changes to your home’s décor and paint. This way, you appeal to the majority and allow them to visualize themselves living in your house.
Stow Your Stuff Out of Sight
Whenever possible, pack up as if you’re preparing to move immediately. Getting your possessions out of the way can help you envision the space in a whole new way — and it helps visitors do the same. Try boxing up belongings and moving them to the garage if you have one. Alternatively, opt for temporary storage. Short-term storage may not cost a whole lot, and it can help you prepare for moving day, too.
Make the Most of Your Space
Once you’ve removed some of your belongings from your house, you’ll feel like the square footage has increased. Other ways to help make rooms feel bigger and more spacious include moving furniture away from the wall a bit and placing chairs and couches out of walkways. Using a neutral color palette also helps open things up, per HGTV. Working with a professional interior designer can help determine what works best for your home.
Snap Photos at the Best Time(s) of Day
While preparing for the selling and staging process, snapping photos of your home may seem easy. Of course, there’s a reason why many realtors use professional photographers for their listings. As Coldwell Banker notes, nearly 92 percent of buyers shop for a home online, relying on photos to decide what properties to see. Therefore, the images of your home are crucial for its sales odds. Plus, you can share those gorgeous images on social media, too.
So, once your home looks perfect and you’re ready to put it on the market, hire a professional photographer to give your space the top-notch treatment it deserves. While you can take photos using your smartphone, nothing comes close to professional photography. Unless you have experience holding a camera, it’s best to leave this step to the experts.
While the most profitable home features include things like updated kitchens and home gyms, Realtor Magazine notes, staging is a huge benefit for nearly every property. And taking the time to prepare ahead of time can do wonders for your home’s hang time on the market. You may even net more for your home than the listing price with strategic staging.
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