First Time Seller Advice
You have heard it before, it is all about first impressions! Home staging simply helps your home look more attractive while highlighting some of its best features. If your home is on the market, your goal is to make potential buyers feel like they could live there, and the finest way to do this is to neutralize the surroundings.
Below are some helpful styling tips to help get your home ready!
Clear out your closets and clutter.
- Focus on highlighting the most visible areas in your home (kitchen, living room, master suite, family room etc).
- Put away large items such as porcelains, plates and vases to create more space
- In the summer, water your grass and garden 30 minutes before an open house.
- Do not cook anything that will leave an odor (fish, garlic etc)
- Set the dining room table with attractive linens and dishes
- Use mirrors to help smaller rooms look larger
- Make small repairs to faucets, squeaking doors and fences
- Make sure your house has an appealing smell. Bake cookies, light a fragrant candle and place fresh bowls of potpourri in every room
- Lighting matters! Before a showing, open curtains and raise blinds in every room. Floor-lamps can help create a warm, inviting atmosphere
- Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. Some well-placed shrubs and a newly painted door can transform your place from ho-hum to sensational
- Remove your personal memorabilia from the house. We want potential buyers to imagine themselves living there, not you
- Don’t forget, the kitchen is the most important room. Ask your realtor for ideas on how to give yours sparkle and pizzazz
- Details count! Clean all the windows, in and out. Polish doorknobs. Make sure hinges do not squeak
- Place fresh-cut flowers in your entryway to help potential buyers feel at home. Daffodils are always a good choice. The color yellow has been shown to trigger spending instincts in the human brain
- Fresh linens in the bathroom are a must. For extra zing, try fastening your towels to the rods with fabric bows in a coordinating hue
- Above all, avoid sentimental thoughts about your house. Emotional attachments are a hindrance, when it comes to sales
- Bring another set of eyes to help you catch something you may have overlooked.
Your Selling Plan
- Find a Representative
The knowledge and dedication of your real estate agent is crucial to the successful sale of your home. A good agent will ensure a smooth, successful and stress-free sale.
- Determine your Selling Criteria
Not only do you have to worry about selling your home, but you also have to think about where you are looking to buy. Determining a selling price is also important, but accepting an offer slightly below your asking price often leads to a quick sale. Your knowledgeable agent will ensure you are satisfied with the result of the sale.
- Prepare your Home for Showings
Homes that are not prepared for showings are one of the main reasons why people fail to sell their homes. See our Home Staging Tips.
- Know about the Local Market
Knowledge about local market conditions is important for a smooth sale. Being realistic to market conditions will position yourself favourably to sell your home. There is no substitute for a real estate professional for acquiring market information.
- List it!
Knowledge about local market conditions is important for a smooth sale. Being realistic to market conditions will position yourself favorably to sell your home. There is no substitute for a real estate professional for acquiring market information.
Common Selling Mistakes
Mistake #1: Selling for the Wrong Price
Of course, every seller wants to get most money out of their property. However, this will not happen by pricing your property too high. A high listing price will cause buyers to lose interest before they even look at your property. On the flipside, a listing price that is too low will cause buyers to feel there is something wrong with the property, or you are hiding something. In general, your property should be priced according to its fair value, taking market conditions as well as other factors into consideration
Mistake #2: Failing to Properly Showcase your Home
As obvious as this mistake may seem, it is still very widespread among home sellers. If you are trying to sell your home, it is imperative that you make your home as pleasant looking as possible. Failing to ensure your home is clean, presentable and welcoming will quickly turn away potential buyers.
Mistake #3: Signing a Contract with Your Agent
Take your time to pick the right real estate agent to represent you before signing a contract with your agent. You should know the exact terms of the contract, and what your salesperson will be doing to sell your property in detail.
Mistake #4: Ineffective Marketing and Advertising
Your real estate agent should have the experience and budget to employ the necessary marketing techniques to help sell your home. Today, information technology and the internet are an important means to attract prospective buyers. But traditional marketing (printing + mass marketing) is a must to drive traffic to your internet site and reach buyers who are less likely to depend on computers for their real estate information. When searching for an agent, make sure they have the necessary skills and resources to use the internet effectively to attract buyers. Otherwise, you will risk your home being on the market longer than it should be.
Getting Ready to Sell Checklist
Here are some simple steps you could take to help increase the perceived value of your home, and make a great first impression:
- Keep your lawn cut
- Weed and edge gardens
- Keep your driveway clear and clean oil spills
- Clean out your garage
- Clean porch
- Make sure the doorbell works
- Repair broken screen
- Clear halls and closets of clutter
- Store excess furniture
- Clear kitchen counter and stove top
- Put away personal photos- this helps the buyer envision the home as their own!
- Repair taps and toilets
- Clean furnace and filters
- Repair cracked plaster
- Clean and repair windows
- Repair seals around tubs and basins
- Replace burnt out light bulbs
- Oil squeaking doors
- Repair squeaking floor boards
Keep it Clean
- Clean bathrooms
- Clean appliances in and out
- Clean around heating vents
- Clean washer and dryer
- Clean carpets
- Eliminate pet odors and stains