Well I can say from personal experience that selling your home is one of the most stressful things you will ever do! I have picked all the hard things this year as I am also planning my wedding in September and trying to buy a new home. I like to do all the hard things at once. I’m a professional stager and I have spent the last 5 years telling clients what to do to get their homes to get them ready for sale. I can say it feels pretty stressful being on the other end of things. I have a new appreciation for homeowners and what they need to do to show there homes in the best possible light. Here are my top 5 suggestions for having your home sell fast.
- Clean, Clean, Clean. There is nothing worse then going to view a home and finding it dirty and disorganized. It’s very hard for potential buyers to see past the grime and clutter. You only get one first impression with the potential buyer and you want to make it a good one! I am a fairly clean and tidy person, but I had a professional cleaner come in and do a very thorough deep clean the day before the open house so my home was in tip top shape.
- Declutter. When you have lived in a home for many years you tend to collect a lot of stuff. Buyers do not need to see all of your stuff! I always tell clients to edit their personal items when they are listing their home. Tiny knick knacks from trips or sentimental gifts do not show well and should be put away when you are selling your home. A few key decor items is all you need out when buyers are coming through your home.
- Depersonalize. Having your family photos all over the home makes it hard for potential buyers to imagine their families living in your space. Editing your home of anything personal including family calendars on fridges and teen posters in bedrooms is always a good idea.
- Neutralize your home. We don’t all share the same taste, so any crazy decor items like leopard print rugs or zebra pillows can probably go into storage until your home sells. Creating a space that is inviting to almost any buyer is key. Complimentary pops of colour in your home will show well in listing photos. Using colour in throw pillows and decor accents is a good idea as long as the rest of the home is a neutral palate. Painting can go along way, if you have purple or red walls, that is a turn off for many buyers. So spend the time and a bit of money so your home is move in ready. Choose light paint colours when getting your home ready to sell.
- Staging. Even this professional stager needed to stage my own home! Yes I probably live a little different than the average person as I am very into decorating and living in a stylish home, but I still asked one of my colleges to come over with a fresh pair of eyes and tell me if I need to move or edit anything and I did! She got me to move a few things around so my place would look better in photos. We currently have my hubby working from home and his home office is in the dining room. I knew we had to turn the space back into its designated purpose to show buyers that our condo could have an eating area. So we took apart his desk and brought in a dining table and chairs so that we could show our home in the best possible light. Hiring a stager if only to tweak a few things is definitely worth it.
We sold our condo in one week with only one weekend of open houses. So the proof is in the pudding! Do the work and you will see great results. It’s very stressful keeping your home clean and clutter free, I know now first hand. So doing the work before selling makes the process easier and less stressful as you will most likely sell your home faster and for more money. Good luck, the next hard step for me is finding our new home…..I will keep you posted when we find one. 😉
Home office, before staging.