One of the important elements of your home being shown in its best light is the way it's staged. When a buyer walks into your home you want them to feel comfortable and happy. Being able to imagine themselves living there is as you can imagine, an important part of their decision to buy your home or not.
The first impression might be the only impression. Most buyers will drive by and glance at your property before they decide whether or not they want a viewing. Good curb appeal is an important part of this first impression and will make potential buyers want to see more. First thing on your list when you put your home up for sale is to grab them from the curb. Update the numbers on the front of your home, mow your lawn, get rid of those weeds, and add a couple of potted plants or flowers.
You may need to consider changing your paint colors to something neutral and pleasant, nothing is better than a fresh coat on the walls that fit the style of your home. Make your home feel as big as it can be by de-cluttering and properly positioning, and in some cases updating your furniture, to make your space flow its best and feel its largest. A home still needs enough decor to have it feel lived in, but keep in mind also that sometimes less is more. Keep your blinds and curtains open to bring in that natural light, is another way to make your home feel its largest and appeal to buyers.
Depersonalizing your home will get your buyers imagining themselves living there so take down your family pictures. Give each room in your home a purpose, if you have a spare room that currently isn't a space you use, turn it into a guest bedroom or an office.
Time to be a handy man and fix those minor repairs you keep putting off. Oil squeaky doors, freshen up caulking around the tub and sinks, replace old light fixtures, touch up dents and scratches in the walls... Pretend you’re a home buyer and walk through your home to see what else you can spot. You might be surprised at what you notice.
Clean, clean, clean. When it's show time you want your home to sparkle. From the floors to the ceiling, get rid of that dust and grime. Clean your windows... All buyers these days are window experts. Make sure your home smells fresh and clean with natural types of smells, but be careful... A strong scented odor can be as much of a red flag as a weird smell can be. When choosing which scents to use, choose types such as cinnamon or vanilla.
Not only will staging your home attract buyers and help it to sell quickly, it will also add value. Staging your home is never a waste of time or money. Your home deserves to be shown in its best light.
If you need tips or advice on staging your home feel free to contact Shawn Tucker at email@example.com.
As is the case with a few other real estate topics, the quick answer to this one is “it depends”. Unless you have a very unique property that is very tailored to enjoying specific times of the year, there is no bad time to sell. If your home is usable and easy accessible waterfront for example, you might want to think about waiting for the warmer weather to sell. If you have a property that borders a ski hill... well I think you catch my drift. “But aren’t there less buyers looking to buy in the winter compared to the spring”, you ask. Yes, but there are also less competing homes that time of year. No matter what time of year it is there is always going to be a family that's upsizing, downsizing, or of course moving for work... Some even find it more convenient to house hunt in the winter since their summertime is filled with so many activities that they don’t have time to even think about real estate.
You and your home are likely to get more attention when you choose a less busy time of the year to sell.
No matter what season it is, your home is always sellable. I’ve even written an offer on Christmas Eve, although I admit I don’t make a habit of it. You’re likely now wondering about pricing, and the answer here is although it is a funny market sometimes in regards to pricing because of supply and demand, which makes some areas fluctuate at times, prices don’t change with the season at all. What makes your home sell is the right price, the way it's staged and how well it's marketed. If you have a good Realtor, your house will have a great chance of selling anytime of the year!
For advice on your home in particular, please feel free to contact Shawn Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.