Preparing Your Home For Sale
Making the decision to sell your home can oftentimes be a stressful situation. Depending on your reasons to sell, you may need to move in a hurry, or, are using the timing as a perfect opportunity to make your move. Regardless of why you are choosing to sell, there is one proven way to make the process smoother and easier, for both you and your real estate agent.
Home staging has been proven time and time again as the most effective way to sell your home quickly, and for top dollar. Homes that undergo “staging” typically sell in half the time. Amongst many of the beneficial reasons to stage your home, you may also experience; better / higher offers, buyers visualizing themselves living in your home, higher home value expectations.
When it comes to home staging, decluttering is often key. Removing all items from your home that don’t serve the room they are in often help the buyer to visualize themselves occupying the space. Additional changes you could make consist of; fresh paint, lighten and brighten space, flooring, rearranging furniture, or bringing in new items to create a new look for your space. Whatever methods you choose, it is always beneficial to seek out the help of your realtor, or a professional.
As you prepare your home for sale, you may also want to consider which items you want to improve upon (depending on their condition) and which investments you may want to make before your home goes into escrow. Another option to consider is a listing pre-inspection - seeking out professional advice on the repairs or changes which may be requested by your future buyers. It is important to know which issues may arise when it comes to closing escrow, allowing you a chance to get ahead of the problems that you can handle. Such issues could consist of; leaky roofing, appliance repairs, cracks in the foundation, old windows and doors, etc. Smaller repairs and upgrades could save you time and money if addressed early on, and will also allow you to share your recent renovations or upgrades with your future buyer.
During this exciting time, it is important that you consult your realtor on all changes or repairs you decide to make. With beneficial impacts due to each, it is important to know which ones are worth making, and which ones can be left alone.
Feel free to contact me direct in preparation for your next home sale. I would be happy to walk you through the benefits of each change that can be made, as home staging is often part of my marketing plan. I look forward to working with you and making your next real estate transaction a smooth and efficient one!