Like most major life decisions, selling your home should be well-planned out in order to get you the most money and best experience. Going the easy route of planting a sign in the yard and throwing up a few photos online may seem appealing with your busy schedule but if you care about your bottom dollar, why not treat it like the investment it is. As an Accredited Staging Professional that owned a staging company, I have learned many tips and tricks to assist in presenting your home in its best light.
1. Find a real estate agent you like
I have created a For Sale By Owner Guide to help individuals that would like to sell on their own but I highly recommend working with an agent to deal with all the paperwork and aspects of the transaction you may not be familiar with. Read more on why you should not sell on your own here.
In a community like Durango, word of mouth goes a long way. If you don’t already know a few realtors, ask around and I’m sure you’ll hear a range of raves and reviews. You will want to find someone that is knowledgeable on your specific market and you have the luxury of interviewing as many realtors as you would like to find the one that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
2. Look at your home with fresh eyes
Curb appeal will determine first impressions and should be taken into consideration when getting ready to invite potential buyers to view your property. Make sure the first thing they see is enticing and not a half-finished garden project that looks like garbage.
Adding paint to the front door or adding flower pots to the patio does not take much time or effort
3. Declutter living areas
A house with overflowing closets and counter space may make it hard for a potential buyer to picture their life and possessions in your space. Are there knick knacks and items that could be boxed up and placed in a non-visible location? This would also be a bonus to get a jump start on packing when your house does sell.
The more neutral and open you can make the space, the easier it will be for a potential buyer to picture themselves in your home.
4. Depersonalize your space
On the same vein, the next step is to create a blank canvas by packing up any family photos, bold artwork and personal items that might not appeal to everyone (like taxidermy).
5. Repaint walls to neutral tones
Neutral colors are another factor that makes it easier for a potential buyer to picture themselves in the home. If they have strong feelings about certain colors, it could hurt their perception of a certain area of your house and influence how they feel about making an offer.
6. Small details
Again, take a look at every room with fresh eyes and try to find any little details that would be easy to touch up. Are there marks on the wall from the door handle, dusty fan blades you never look at, dents in the drywall or trim that could be touched up? You want visitors to feel confident the home was well cared for.
Check for loose door handles and knobs. You don’t need anyone thinking a cabinet is damaged or broken when they are investigating.
7. Conduct a smell test
Invite an unbiased 3rd party to test your house for any odors you may be too accustomed to and don’t notice. Bad smells can be a deal breaker and you don’t want something so easily fixed to scare off a potential lead! If you can smell it, you can’t sell it!
8. Clean, clean, clean
Obviously, you want your home to appear that it has been taken care of and the best place to start is to make sure it’s spotless!
In Closing, many homeowners may make the decision to hire a professional home stager which can be very beneficial. The other option is to hire a Seller’s agent that includes home staging in their services, such as myself.