5 Tips To Stage Your Home To Sell

When it comes to selling a home, staging plays a part in the amount of time a home stays on the market as well as the price of a home. Here are a few tips to stage your home to sell…

1. Curb Appeal

When a potential buyer drives by your home or even pulls up for a showing, the first impression they will get is the front of your home. Make sure that you prepare your home for it’s best first impression…

  • Powerwash doorway, windows, garage door, etc.

  • Touch up paint around front door and garage door trim

  • Add flowers for a pop of color

  • Pull weeds and make sure to mulch

  • Cut grass and edge all the way around for those clean lines

  • Touch up the driveway

2. Clean it up

Make sure to do a deep clean before listing your home for sale. For a deep clean you can hire some help your invite your family over to pitch in. Here is what to remember…

  • Look up, there is dust and spider webs in the corners of your ceiling

  • Vacuum and clean all floors and carpets

  • Touch up paint around high traffic areas with scrapes and fingerprints

  • Wash knobs, handles, cabinets, railings and anywhere else someone would touch

  • Scrub appliances inside and out to make them look like new

There is more to the list for sure, so make sure you go through your home with great detail whether you are the cleanest person or the messiest person.

3. Declutter

This means rooms, closets, cabinets, basement, and even your crawl space. When a buyer comes into your home, they will probably not be looking for less closet space or not as many cabinets right? So show them the space your home offers by…

  • Removing pieces of furniture to open up your living room

  • Organize and remove items from your closets

  • Organize your Kitchen cabinets and pantry

  • Organize bedroom closets to show off the space

  • Organize your basement whether it’s finished or unfinished

This is where a second opinion or an expert could come in handy. They will let you know how to stage and organize your home to sell.

4. Set the table

Giving a little push to let home buyers see themselves living in your home doesn’t hurt. Try setting the table with place mats, plates, cups, silverware, and a center piece. Don’t over do it, but just enough to make it feel like a staged home.

5. Neutral Colors

No one wants a hot pink Kitchen or a lime green bedroom. Well, maybe they do but make sure that you keep it neutral. If you have any dark colors or bright colors, you might want to repaint. Stick with the neutral white, off white, beige, tan, neutral grays and blues, etc. If there is a bold color in a room, if the home buyer doesn’t like it all they will see are dollars signs and work to fix it.

6. Define rooms and areas

Have you ever walked into a home with an awkward space or a small room and think to yourself, “what do we do with this space?” If you have something like this in your home, try to give it a definition. Whether it is just a sitting area, storage area, or a playroom make sure to stage it that way for the potential buyers. Having more space is not a bad thing, but when it is awkward space it might throw off the buyer.

Homeowners, Don’t Scare Off Buyer’s By Doing This…

A recent survey done by Inman News brings to light some of the things that really turn home buyers off to a sale. Many of the things that bother buyers about a listing or home has to do with the availability and accuracy of pictures, as well as what happens during the showing. It’s important that you make sure to avoid these things when selling your home, otherwise you may have a hard time closing the deal!

Pictures

  • Make sure you have them: Make sure you post pictures of your home and yard on Picture3your listing! The thing that irks buyers the most about the pictures of a listing is if there aren’t any. Many buyers rely on listing sites such as Trulia, Zillow, and RealBird to allow them to get an idea of whether or not they think a certain home would be a good fit for them. If a buyer can’t even get a tiny idea of what your home looks like, without actually driving all the way out there and setting up a showing, chances are they’re going to scroll right by it.
  • No fish eyes: When you’re choosing pictures for your listing, you need to make sure that you don’t have pictures that appear warped or stretched. Buyers aren’t going to buy a home based on pictures alone; they’re going to come see your house in person as well. So, if you posted distorted and misleading pictures of your home online, the buyer is going to be aggravated that the house isn’t what he or she expected. Most of the time, that’s enough for the buyer to write off the home. When you’re choosing pictures of your home to put on a listing website, make sure that the pictures are accurate and realistic looking.
  • No Furniture or Toilet Pictures: Buyers are also often aggravated when they Picture4come across a listing with useless pictures, such as pictures of your kid’s craft area or pictures of your beautiful dining room set. Unless you’re including those possessions in the price of your home, you don’t need to advertise these things. Buyers want your pictures to give them an idea about what the house itself is like, not what you’ve chosen to decorate it with.

Showings

  • Don’t make it difficult: We know certain situations come up where you might have to turn down a showing or two. Keep in mind, if the buyer can not get into your home to see it they will probably not be interested in buying it. Make it easy for buyers to schedule a showing to see your home.
  • Be Honest: Most buyers will commission a home inspection before actually purchasing the home, so you should be upfront and honest about any work your home may need. If you try to conceal any issues your home may have, the buyer will almost always discover the issues before closing, and may even cancel the sale based solely on your dishonesty. By being honest about work that the house needs, before you try to go into closing, you’ll have a better chance of finding a buyer who is serious about the purchase.
  • Chaos Free: Make sure that during the showing, your home is free of unruly pets and/or children (arrange for them to stay somewhere during showings), as well as other people. Buyers will be put off if they can’t see half of the rooms in your home because people are sleeping, changing, or showering. If you’re serious about selling your home, you should try your best to accommodate buyers during the showing.

To read more on things buyers hate, click here.

10 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home

Before you’re ready to list and sell your home, you need to make sure that the functionality and appearance of your home is top notch. It’s important that, when preparing your home to sell, you think like a buyer; turn your home into a home that you’d want to buy. Here are 10 things you need to do before you sell your home.

Outside of your home (exterior of the home (paint/ siding), lawn, flower beds, backyard, driveway, walkways, etc.). Curb appeal is key when trying to sell your home; it’s the first thing buyers will see when they look at your property, so it’s important to make a good impression with the outside of your home.

  1. Cut the grass at least once a week, and be sure to water your lawn and plants regularly to keep them looking lively and beautiful
  2. Depending on the season: rake up any leaves that have fallen, or clear your driveway and walkway of snow and ice
  3. Add potted plants and flowers near the entrance of your home to make the property seem more inviting to potential buyers; look for seasonally appropriate flowers for your area, i.e. ones that will survive the outside weather, to be sure that your plants will enhance the look of your home
  4. De-clutter your yard and driveway by removing cars and toys from the area. You want your property to appear clean and well-kept
  5. Be sure to repaint, or replace if necessary, any outside trim or siding that looks old or worn

Inside of your home (flooring, walls, systems, etc.). Once buyers are drawn in by your curb appeal, you need to keep them interested and show them the beauty of your interior.

  1. Clean all of your carpets and hardwood floors, in every room. Stained carpet and dull or scratched wood flooring are a turnoff for most buyers who are looking for a “move-in ready” home
  2. Clean all furniture and fixtures in your home, including chairs, tables, beds, couches, lamps, and ceiling fans
  3. Repaint your walls and ceilings, especially if any of the paint is chipping or wearing away. If your walls and ceilings don’t require fresh paint, make sure you still wash them down with a soap water mixture to remove fingerprints or other smudges.
  4. Fix any non-working home systems (plumbing, electric, heating/cooling), and update older systems that aren’t as cost-effective or don’t work as well (we’re all about being green and efficient these days!)
  5. Make sure your home is well lit for pictures and showings. If you don’t have a lot of windows, add lights under cabinets and in dark corners; this will increase the inviting-ness of your home.

How To Sell Your Home in Marlboro, New Jersey

While the housing market continues to improve, it is still not the easiest thing in the world to sell a home. Buyers have more options than they know what to do with these days, so it is very important that you prepare your home to sell. Here’s how:

Preparation:

It is imperative that, before anything else, you clean, de-clutter, and de-personalize your home. Your kitchen and bathroom(s) should be spotless; carpets need to be cleaned, and walls need to be washed. You also need to take out any extra stuff that might make your home look or feel cluttered. Finally, de-personalize your home by removing family photos and the like-this will allow potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home.

Pictures:

You need to take at least one picture of every room in your home (not all of these pictures will be on your listing, but it’s good to have options). Make sure that each picture shows your home to be clean, uncluttered, and bright. Additionally, pictures should focus on the best aspects of each room, such as a master bath, a fireplace, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, etc. You also need to include pictures of the exterior of the house (front and back yard). Remove cars from the driveway before taking pictures, and add seasonal, colorful plants to emphasize the warmth of your home.

Advertising:

Put up signs! You should have a sign in your front yard that says your house is for sale and includes your real estate agent’s information for interested buyers. You should also offer a fact sheet/ takeaway brochure for potential buyers that includes at least one picture of your home, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, lot size, square footage, flooring type, and any other interesting information about the home, neighborhood, or community.

But a sign in the yard is not enough anymore….

Online Exposure:

Over 90% of home buyers start their search online. You need to make sure your home is on all of the top real estate websites to reach the maximum number of buyers. Find a real estate agent like Jodi Goldberg with RE/MAX Central that is an expert in this area. She knows how and where to properly market a home to sell it for the best possible price in the shortest amount of time.

Open House:

Don’t forget to host an open house or two! This will give interested buyers a chance to find out more about your property, and could very well solidify their interest. You could also offer private tours to buyers who can’t make your open house.

Inform potential buyers about all the things that make Marlboro a great place to live. You can direct them to this site for information on upcoming events or even to this site for useful information for new residents.