Staging Tips to Get Your Northern Michigan On The Market
by Brook Walsh
on Friday, June 28th, 2019 at 1:19pm.
Selling your home requires more than simply sticking a "For Sale" on the front curb and hoping for the best. With a little bit of work and some affordable enhancements, you could be saving yourself loads of time and money in the long run. The last thing any seller wants is for their home to linger in the market for too long and become stale, so here are a few easy ways to get your home in great shape and ready to please prospective buyers.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF CURB APPEAL Before a buyer sets foot in your door, they have to pass through the front yard first. As with many things in life, making a good first-impression is the first barrier to successfully showing your home. That initial impression will be hard to change unless the inside is immaculate. So, what can you do to enhance your curb appeal? Mow the lawn, remove any weeds, sweep the driveway, and pick up a few planted pots from the local nursery. These are just a few easy tips, but be sure to put some time aside to ensure the front and backyard are in tip-top condition.
LESS IS MORE: REMOVE THE CLUTTER The key to home staging is to make your home look livable, but not lived in. It needs to look clean and clutter-free, so stash away the family photos, hide your kitchen appliances, and you should even set the table. Leaving some decorative items out is fine because this will help to nicely break up space, but just be mindful of what you leave out. Your Military Home Search agent will be happy to advise on how to stage your home for maximum exposure.
When do you need to stage your home? As soon as you're ready to sell it. A professional home photographer will be coming by to take photos of your space to add to the listing, and your home needs to be ready for a showing at any given time.
MAKE YOUR SPACE GLEAM WITH A GOOD CLEAN A little elbow grease can go a long way. Giving your home a good, deep clean before listing it can not just make it shine, it can boost the value of the home as well. Scrub the grout, re-caulk the bathtub, replace the shower curtains and towels, and even give the walls a good wipe.
The other benefit to giving your home a good clean is that it will help remove undesirable odors as well. Things like smoke, pets, and cooking, can all leave a long-lasting scent in your home, so it could take a little extra effort to remove these smells in particular. Baking soda is a great tool for removing odors, and lighting a soft scented candle before the showing can fill your home with a pleasant smell – just maybe shy away from intense scents like 'Caribbean Escape' and 'Raspberry Citrus.'
DON'T BE HOME DURING THE SHOWING When a prospective buyer comes to view your home, it's best if you're not there so that they can focus on the space without feeling like its awkward, and nothing makes that worse than a seller who hovers. If you're passionate about the best parts of your home, put together an info sheet with your selling agent and leave this for the buyer to take home with them after the tour is done.
REMOVE PETS FROM THE HOME You love your furry friends, but that doesn't mean potential buyers love cats and dogs just as much. Allergies, phobias, and other internal opinions about pets can interfere with the home sales process and make it tricky to secure a quick sale. Find a new place for your pets to stay as early in the home sale process as possible. Don't start the open house process until the pets are relocated and the home has been deep cleaned to remove any lingering signs of them. You'll be surprised at how many paw prints and other marks left behind by your pet are only noticeable when you're getting your home ready for market. Moving the pets to a temporary or long-term rental with the family can help if you're wanting to relocate, while high-quality boarding facilities can help for short-term waits while you purchase a new home.
LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN One of the best ways to highlight your home is to open all of the shades and blinds. Illuminating your space with light can make it appear larger and much more livable, so take down the shades, clean the windows, and even try higher-wattage lightbulbs to improve the contrast of your home. This is especially important in areas that are more prone to darkness, like basement suites and bathrooms.
If you're getting ready to sell your home, one of the best assets you can have is the help of a professional real estate agent. Get in touch with Brook Walsh, a local expert in Northern Michigan real estate by sending him a message or calling at (231) 459-3179 today!