Selling your home can be a daunting task. Some prefer to enlist in the help of a professional designer, decorator or stager. One thing to remember is that the cost of hiring a design professional costs significantly less than your first price reduction on the home and here’s a story to prove my point…
I was contacted by a couple in Buffalo Grove 1 year ago. They explained on the phone that they were very hesitant to hire something because they didn’t want to put any more “money” into the home, as they were trying to sell, move and purchase a new one. During our Initial Consultation they mentioned to me that their home had been on the market for about a year and they were getting little to no interest at all. The few times an interested buyer did walk through their front door, their feedback was all the same, “Out-Dated and Too Taste Specific”. I gave them a few tips (that I’ll share with you below) that would help make their home more attractive. I was hired on the spot to stage their home for a hopeful, quick sale. Over the course of the next 2 months we ripped out carpet, tore down wallpaper, painted the walls with a neutral color scheme and packed up over 50% of their home and placed it in storage. The house went back on the market and they sold it within a few short weeks!
Can you believe that? I sure can. Here are a few insider tricks & tips to prepare your home for a successful sale…
De-clutter. Go through your cabinets, drawers & closets and toss, donate or give away anything that you haven’t used in the past year. Since your moving anyway, pack up and store away most everything you don’t need to use on a daily basis. Be ruthless as you purge, the sense of relief and appreciation of your newly organized home will definitely override your hesitancy for tossing some of your belongings.
De-personalize. Take down and put away any family portraits and artwork. The “potential” buyer wants to envision themselves living in your home and they can’t do this if they are surrounded by your families pictures.
If you don’t have a spacious garage or basement, rent an inexpensive storage unit for a few months. Move up to 50% of your furniture to this unit. You want your small spaces to appear big and your bigger spaces to appear even larger.
Bring the outside in by opening your curtains, blinds & shades. You can keep your window treatments in tact, just be sure that you open them so that potential buyers can see the given view. If you keep them closed, some will assume your trying to “hide” what’s behind it. If its warm enough outside, open a window or two. The scent of fresh air is very appealing. If it’s wintertime, try a fresh scented candle. Purchase or create your own floral arrangement and place it in the foyer/entryway for a fresh welcome.
Have old, stained carpet? Wallpaper that’s already coming off the wall, save your potential buyer from having to this on their own and do it for them. Replace the carpet to a neutral color, Strip the wallpaper and paint a neutral color and ensure that your home is “turn-key” ready.
Like to bake? Great, Treat your guests to freshly basked cookies. Arrange them nicely on a platter in your kitchen with an ‘help yourself’ note. If you have the time, bake them right before the showing, so the smell of fresh cookies is still lingering in the air.
I know it seems like information over-load, but just remember the way you live in your home is different from the way you should sell it. Sound like a job you would like professional assistance on? Contact JZD TODAY!