Homeowners are finding the market competition pretty fierce and may have to come up with creative ways to help sell their home. Even if your house is priced right and has great curb appeal, you still need that extra something special to keep your home on the front burner in the mind of a potential buyer.
Home staging is an art and has become extremely popular in today's real estate market. It can transform your home into a beautiful haven buyers respond to and visualize living in. And if they already see themselves living there, they're most likely ready to make a higher offer. And if your home is vacant, it's even more important to combat a buyers impression that a homeowner will take less than they would if the home was occupied. Home staging creates the warmth and ambiance of a real home. It will minimize time spent on the market and can bring in serious offers.
Most Realtors agree that staging your home can greatly improve your chances of selling sooner than later. But if your budget is tight, there are still some things you can do to increase the odds of making a sale.
- De-clutter. Go through your home room by room and remove all clutter. In fact, it's a good idea to put most of your items in storage and keep just a few nice pieces of furniture and fixtures. Remove personal photos and trinkets so buyers will think of it as "their home".
- Paint. A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference. You may love the bright sunset orange in your bathroom, but others might be turned off by it. Paint in neutral colors and have colorful art on the walls instead.
- Replace carpet. New carpet will keep your home looking and smelling fresh. Especially if you have pets. If you have hardwood floors, a professional polish and coating will make them look like new.
- Upgrade. If you rather put your money into upgrades, put it where you''ll get the most bang for your buck. Kitchen or bathroom upgrades will attract more buyers and get a better offer.
So whether you do it yourself or have a professional help, remember that you have a short window of opportunity to create a warm and inviting space that buyers won't be able to resist. Just be sure to do it before putting your house on the market.
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