|Well presented - no clutter.|
So, even though we are (here it comes again) in a seller's market, you just can't put a yard sign out, have an open house and expect to get top dollar. You home may sell but I'm assuming that if you are taking the time to read this you want to sell for the highest price possible. That may require a little bit of work and preparation but it is well worth it.
Hopefully you've read my other posts and finally get it about clutter. Here's the brief recap: take everything you think you don't need to get by on a daily basis and store it in the garage. Then go through the house and look for more clutter and bring it to the garage. This includes extra furniture that's making rooms look small, the computers that should be in a museum, the luggage from your last trip, the stack of books and magazines, extra shoes you never wear at the front door, etc. If your garage gets too full, rent a storage space. Don't worry about the garage being too cluttered, buyers looking in the neighborhood will see lots of garages filled to the brim.
|Staged Living Room with colorful accents.|
Next up, and if you do this right it won't cost you any money, is freshening up some of the rooms with new lighting, rugs, pillows, throws, and accessories. And if you time it right, you may even be able to return some of these items once you are in escrow and the buyer has removed contingencies so the cost is zero or close to it.
I once had a client who had a rather large fish tank (with no fish in it) that you saw almost immediately upon entering. When I came back with my photographer, fish tank gone, small couch in its place. I've had clients buy all kinds of accessories to create a focal point for a room. One of my favorites was this clock (which was most likely returned after COE).
A few pieces of artwork, some nice throw pillows on your couch, a cool floor lamp go a long way towards making your home more attractive, bright or presentable. And that's what we are doing: presenting your home in the best possible light to its next owner.
Now we get into actually spending some money and I don't recommend spending too much in most cases.
|Everything works great in this staged LR.|
One of my clients will be listing a house that has one room painted a deep hunter green. It's nice. My advice none the less was to lighten it up and make it a neutral taupe or off white. As silly as it is, just one less buyer objection "that downstairs green bedroom was so dark".
Floor covering are another topic entirely.
If you are fortunate enough to have wood floors, engineered or otherwise, that are in reasonably good shape and whatever color happens to be in style now (sort of a grayish, distressed, aged look - like teak left outside too long) you are in luck. If you have '80s orange shag that hasn't been steam cleaned in 15 years, not so much. Most likely your home is someplace in the middle. That's ok.
If you can freshen up carpets by a professional steam clean, by all means do so. If you replace carpet you most likely will recoup that investment but often the buyer really wants wood so there's a bit of risk and the decision will ultimately be based on where you are priced relative to the condition of recent sales. The same is true but even more so for installing wood to sell. My last few clients who did so definitely not only recouped their investment but sold for a higher price than we thought. But we did a lot of analysis and price shopping and made some great choices.
|Great curb appeal.|
So while I could continue and go room by room, you'll have to call me for a free no obligation consultation to get that advice. Before I wrap this up though, let's go outside for a second.
Remember curb appeal? Go buy some bright flowers to plant out front, put some lawn decorations, paint the fence, maybe a flag. Make a great first impression when your buyer drives up. If you want them to fall in love with the house, bring flowers.