Home values are up, interest rates and inventory are at an all time low. Translation: if you’ve ever thought about selling your home, now is the time.
The problem with putting your home on the market is that it can take some time to get it ready. First impressions are critical, so when your home goes up, it should be in tip top shape.
Chances are if you look around your house, it is probably not ideal for a buyer just yet. However, now is the perfect time to start considering getting your home “staged” for sale in spring. Why not use this organizational time to start prepping for an upcoming sale?
The goal of “staging” your home is to have potential buyers walk in and be able to envision themselves living there. Staging has proven successful for full-time and vacation homes. If you are wondering if home staging is worth the potential investment take these two instances to heart.
- 370 Mountain Top was on the market un-staged for 18 months, at least. The home sold within 45 days of being staged.
- A Portico Condominium listing was on the market for about a month without furniture and 10 days after it was staged it sold.
Both of the homes referenced above were staged by ShowHomes of Park City.
While there is not one right way to stage a house, here are a few of our favorite tips:
- De-clutter. Clean out the closets and drawers, donate anything you don’t use – or want to pay to move. Store away anything not used regularly.
- Remove personal items from view. It will be difficult for a new buyer to envision their family living in the home when they see is pictures of your family.
- Arrange furniture to make the rooms look as spacious as possible. This may mean taking out a piece here and there, or relocating a chair from a full room to an empty corner of another.
- Invest in a few new inexpensive yet decorative pillows, throws and accessories. These can add a “new” feeling to a room and its furnishings without spending much.
- Change out the light bulbs to the highest wattage you can for the fixture. Make the room as bright as it can be.
- Clean carpets to make them look as new as possible. This will also leave the home smelling fresh. Looking to add more of a fresh scent to your home? Dryer sheets tucked in shelves in closets are great for giving a fresh laundry smell.
- Remove any marks from walls and touch up paint where necessary.
- Fix any items that may need repair. It’s best to get these repairs done up front before a home inspector arrives. The less they find, the better the negotiations with a buyer.
- Don’t forget the exterior! The front entrance is THE first impression. Clean up the area, add a pot filled with a small evergreen tree or other decorative entry item, or hang a wreath. If the door is worn, this is the perfect spot to add a coat of fresh paint.
Not sure where to begin? Overwhelmed with the tasks at hand to get your home ready? We can help you find a professional home stager to pull it together, or contractors to make repairs. Starting now will give you a jump start, and the confidence that your home is ready to go on the market the minute you are.