submitted by Lynne Kellher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office
For most people, their home is one of their largest assets, so when the time is right
to sell, getting the highest price possible is everyone’s goal.
One way to do that is to make sure your home is staged properly.
Professional stagers are worth every penny and studies show that the investment more than pays for itself.
To save costs, focus on the important rooms – kitchen, master bedroom, living and family rooms.
Your agent should also be able to advise you on what you should do to increase salability and not hesitate to do so.
If they don’t offer that advice, get another agent.
If you decide to go it alone, or want to get a jump on things, here’s what to focus on:
- First and foremost – GET RID OF THE CLUTTER! Clear off your kitchen and bathroom countertops, pack up your knick-knacks/collections/trophies/family photos, cull through the bookshelves, donate your dried/silk flower arrangements.
- Organize furnishings so there’s a clear line of focus and create open, walkable spaces. This may very well mean that some furniture, particularly that which is mis-matched unnecessary or awkward, may have to go – either to storage or the curb.
- Invest in some fresh towels/shower curtains/bathmats for the bathrooms and new bedding/decorative pillows for the bedrooms.
- Brighten it up! This could involve removing heavy drapery or shades and improving lighting.
- Clean, Clean and Clean some more. Look up for cobwebs and down for grimy moldings. Kitchens and Baths should be spotless and windows sparkling.
If you’ve been in your home for a while, here’s one thing I know for sure – today’s Buyers expect far more than you ever did, thanks to the Property Brothers, Chip and Joanna, and HGTV.
Optimizing your online presence with rooms that photograph well and will help your home stand out from the crowd is critical.
Remember your first showing is online and you have seconds to attract a buyer – if they don’t like what they see, they’re moving on and you’ll never get them through your front door to see your wonderful yard and awesome neighborhood.