If you are hoping to sell your home quickly, make sure to properly prepare, clean and stage your home.
Statistics prove that a home that has been perfectly cleaned, updated as much as possible and well maintained brings the highest sales price. Be diligent, be picky, and put yourself in the buyers’ shoes to see what they expect from your home.
Hiring a home inspector is money well spent because a home inspection will uncover any deferred maintenance. Budget for a roof inspection and HVAC/AC cleaning and service as well. It is best to have it this done before the home is marketed so you can present the reports to any potential buyers.
Note: We are based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you are planning to sell your house in a different area, we can match you with an excellent local agent. Give us a call (719-321-0800) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a referral.
Do I Need to Hire a Stager?
It’s up to you. Staging can be done by professionals or you can do quite a bit yourself. Staging typically begins with de-cluttering and ends with moving or removing furniture as needed. Our real estate team offers complimentary staging services to all of our sellers.
How do I Stage a Home Myself?
We have consultants that can come in and give you specific advice on how to place furniture and accessories. This will give your home extra marketability to get you under contract faster and hopefully at a higher price.
You will receive a homework list with many suggestions for improving the flow and impact in your home, if necessary. You can pull trendy colors into your home with extra pillows or an accent wall to appeal to more potential buyers. You can also follow the staging tips below.
Don’t have the time to stage? Our stagers are happy to do that for you.
Related Reading: Steps to Sell Your Home
Should I Stage a Vacant Home?
Absolutely! We suggest vignette staging for vacant homes. Vignette staging is where small groups of accessories and furniture are used to help a potential buyer understand a empty room’s purpose. It gives the impression that someone is at home, and it provides more of a scale in photos that can give buyers an idea of the room size. The home looks more inviting with furniture which will attract more buyers to the house.
The images in this National Association of Realtors report very clearly display the difference of an empty room versus a staged room.
How We Schedule Stagers
We work with one of the best staging companies in town. They are in high demand and that means that they need a bit of lead time. Let us know about 7-10 days ahead of time when you are ready with your prep so that we can bring in stagers. This upcoming staging appointment will also keep you on track with your home projects and work. A photographer will be scheduled shortly after the stager appointment.
Our stagers use photos of the home to prepare for your appointment, so please send us photos or we can give you contact information to send them directly to our stagers.
1. Make the exterior of your home inviting to potential buyers and show off any highlights of your property. 25 Ways To Improve your Curb Appeal
2. Repair ANYTHING noted in the pre-listing inspection report, even if it’s a very small item. Repair anything else that you notice that was not mentioned in the inspection.
3. Deep clean all areas of the house. If necessary, have your wood floors refinished and your carpets steam cleaned. A hand steam cleaner is particularly helpful to easily clean and restore tile and grout.
4. Update your home as much as possible. Some things are easy and inexpensive but require some elbow grease:
- Repaint tiles
- Update light fixtures, water fixtures, and door handles
- Paint the home in neutral colors
- Update fireplace paint or enhance your bricks with stone color enhancer. Spray paint an old fireplace frame and screen.
- Stain tired cabinets
- New stainless steel appliances will bring a great return on investment
5. Let the sunshine in! Utilize natural light as much as possible. A large mirror can help in a small space.
6. Make sure the home has proper lighting with floor lamps, ceiling lamps, and lights. Replace light bulbs as necessary.
7. Ensure that the home’s temperature is comfortable for buyers. Cozy and warm on winter days, and cool in summer time.
8. Declutter each room and remove excess furniture.
9. Let the buyer imagine themselves in your house by de-personalizing the home. There should be a clear use of each room.
10. Pay attention to any unpleasant odors in the home. Consider removing old rugs and buy some inexpensive, new ones. Clean cat litter boxes frequently.
11. Rearrange your furniture to allow a flow from room to room and therefore ‘cash flow’ into your pockets. Consider renting furniture to appeal to your buyers. Consult your home staging professional.