Wednesday, October 27, 2010

If you do nothing else when you put your home up for sale, do this.

CLEAN. Yes I know that may seem obvious to you and me but apparently not to all sellers, because today I got an eyeful of bugs. And yucky toilet stuff. Did I mention spider webs big enough for Hallowe'en decorations? And that was without my glasses on. Ugh.

If you do NOTHING else, have your home professionally cleaned before, during and after you have it on the market for sale. Before you even think of staging your home, before you let the realtor put the sign in the yard, CLEAN.
clean simple room
What does cleaning do for your home's appeal?
  • It makes it smell nice (one of my favorite senses and a HUGE selling plus)
  • It looks move in ready (without the rolling tumbleweeds of dust and bug clusters in the corners)
  • It appears well cared for and maintained (a BIG thumbs up to buyers)
  • It gives it that new home feel (buyers like brand new, especiallyi n the bathrooms)

Cleaning is especially important with vacant homes. Where every little dust rambler is visible to the naked eye. Cleaning makes a vacant home feel cared for, not neglected. SO important to buyer's first impressions.

No matter what your budget, most sellers can afford to hire a cleaner for a half day or full day.

Don't scare your buyers away!
Banishing bugs brings offers. Have you cleaned your home today?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ten Really Good Reasons to Stage Your Home

I was updating my website today and decided to also update the downloadable PDF files I have for sellers and Realtors to click on and read to find out why they should stage their home, as well as Home Gain and RESA staging statistics to show the numbers.
I thought it was worth posting my top ten list of reasons to stage a home. The original list was provided by Home Staging Resource (an excellent training resource, thank you Audra!) and I have updated it. Here we go....

Top 10 Reasons to Professionally stage your home

1. You Will Make More Money
U.S. Housing and Urban Development reports that a staged home will sell, on average, for 17% more than an un-staged home.

2. Your House Will Sell Faster
The New York Village Voice reported that the average number of days a staged home is on the market is 13.9 versus 30.9 days for an un-staged home.

3. The Cost of Staging Doesn’t Cost A Dime
In a 2009 Home Gain Survey of over 2000 Realtors, sellers recouped an average 586% of the cost to stage from the increased resale value of their home.

4. Most Home Sellers Cannot View Their House Objectively
If you can’t see objectively, you can’t “package” effectively.  A staging professional can see your home with “buyers” eyes.

5. Less Guesswork and “Do It Yourself”
A professional home stager can manage your projects from start to finish. Or, they can give you a detailed report based on their extensive knowledge and training to have you “finish it yourself”.

6. Only 10% of Homebuyers Can Visualize the Potential of a Home
That’s why staging a home is critical! You don’t want the advantages of your home overlooked and left up to the buyer’s imagination.

7. The Longer Your Home is for Sale, the Lower the Price Will Be, so STAGE FIRST!
According to a National Association of Realtors survey, homes that sold after 4 weeks on the market sold for 6% less than those selling within the first 4 weeks!  Don’t be in a position where you have to lower your price…have your house staged first.

8. Staging Fees May be Tax Deductible
Your staging costs may be deducted from your sales gain as “advertising” costs.

9. Leaving Your House in “AS IS” Condition Sells the Competition
Right now the number of homes for sale on the market is at a record high. Buyers have very high expectations.  T he key to selling competitively is to stage professionally.
10. You Can Relax
You will have the satisfaction of knowing you have done absolutely everything
 possible to affect a quick sale of your most valuable commodity and for top dollar!
Which home do you think will get the best offer??
for sale sign