3 Tips For Staging Your Home For Sale
It’s true that potential buyers decide whether or not they will buy a home within the first minute or two of entering the property. With that said you don’t need to go into “HGTV mode” to stage your home for sale. Yes, you could definitely paint the walls or rent furniture but, staging is really about minimizing objections to a property. Here are some tips to make sure that your property doesn’t send buyers running for the hills.
This tip is really about making sure that there aren’t any unpleasant odors in your home. We’re talking any strong smell – good, bad, or otherwise. Strong smells can cause buyers to lose focus so while you might love the scent of the floral spray you just put in every room of your house that doesn’t mean a potential buyer is going to feel the same.
We love our pets but, you’re guaranteed to cut a showing short if Fido is barking or nipping at your heels. We recommend completely removing your pets from your home. Even if they’re confined, trying to talk over a barking dog just isn’t pleasant. Not to mention strangers in your home are stressful for your pets. Make arrangements to have your them stay at a friend or neighbor’s house or consider taking them for a walk during showings. This doesn’t apply just for dogs either. Take for example your indoor cat. Cats can easily escape no matter how careful everyone is and you never know what potential buyers do and don’t like. If they aren't a fan of cats or any other pet for that matter you're risking killing your sale by having animals remain in the home.
Window treatments are often times a dead giveaway as to when the home was last updated. Fabrics get stained and faded over the years. Blinds also tend to get very worn looking after all the years of being opened and closed. We’ve all seen homes where it’s easy to tell what decade the owners last decorated based on the window treatments, even if there’s no other furniture. If the home is otherwise well-maintained, old worn-out window treatments leave the impression that the entire house needs to be updated. Invest in refreshing your window treatments to enhance other positive aspects in your home instead of taking away from them.
Don’t you want your home to be to the one that buyers can’t wait to come back to? Or even better put an offer on? Don’t be the house with the "weird smell." Be the house with "the beautiful kitchen, fabulous backyard or tons of potential."
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