Are you considering putting your house up for sale, but not even sure where to start? Maybe it will take too long to sell, or maybe you won’t get the price you want? Think about “staging” your home, or in other words, making it easy for a prospect to imagine owning your house.
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To be really effective, you need to look at both the outside and inside of your home. Here are three tips to get you started with the inside:
1. De-clutter. This is one of the most important things you can do. It may be easier to think of de-cluttering like this – you are just getting a headstart on moving!
Pack up everything you don’t need and store the boxes out of sight in the garage (or consider temporarily renting a small storage locker or what is called a “pod.”)
2. Organize your closets – put similar colors together, pants together, skirts together, and shirts together. It will make the closets look bigger. An organized closet appears bigger, and you want your closets to look as spacious as possible. Have the shelves almost empty if you can.
3. Make your home look more like a model. You want to remove as much of your “stuff” as much as possible so potential buyers can imagine themselves and their own belongings occupying that space in your house. That means minimizing – putting away everything you won’t use while on the market. Clear off the kitchen counters as much as possible – stash unused appliances, and small clutter in a few attractive baskets or boxes or hide it away.
And the biggest tip of all? Imagine yourself as a potential buyer looking at your house for the first time. What first and second impressions are you getting? Would YOU buy this house? What would you like to see different before you put an offer on your house?
And don’t worry about spending some bucks to get your house ready to sell – you’ll get it all back when your house sells. Don’t ever spend a dollar unless it will make you a dollar, but the correct staging will help you sell your home in a shorter time and at the price you want.
Speaker Don Martin, founder and CEO of Martin Properties, besides helping hundreds of FSBOs save thousands of dollars, delivers seminars, keynotes and motivational messages to real estate and sales professionals. His experience in sales, marketing, real estate, promotion, management and technology has empowered thousands to expand their knowledge and achieve their goals. Connect with Martin Properties on Facebook, TheReasonableRealtor.com, MLS-TODAY.com or Amazon.com.