Ready to Take the Stage

The snow has melted, the birds are chirping, and the tulips and daffodils are in full bloom. You are ready to take on the anxiety-filled adventure of selling your home. Of course, there is choosing the right real estate agent and price, but what’s next?

One of the single most important details of selling a home (and quite frankly, one of the most ignored) is home staging. I am not talking about HGTV’s ‘Property Brothers’ level staging. In most cases, there is no need to go out and buy anything. Here are four simple tips to ensure that your home is ready to appeal to even the most discerning buyer.

1.     The Natural Path – If a buyer has to maneuver around your furniture, no matter how large it is, the room will feel small and cramped. Reducing pieces and/or rearranging your furniture to create a better flow goes a long way.

2.     De-Personalize – This seems like a no-brainer, but it warrants repeating. Unique artifacts, tchotchkes, and artwork are awesome discussion pieces, but are major distractions during showings. Buyers tend to focus on what’s bright and shiny, so let your home, not your personal effects, catch their attention!

3.     Curb Appeal – Again, it seems so simple, but so many listings get it wrong. A well-kept lawn, trimmed hedges, and fresh blooms and mulch. make a great first impression. Fallen leaves, dead flowers, and untrimmed bushes give the impression that the home has not been well maintained.

4.     Say It, Don’t Spray It – Put down the Febreeze, and pause before lighting that candle. Research shows that the most desirable scents for potential buyers is fresh linen or citrus. Try using a small drop of oil on your air filters rather than sprays and candles. Plus, if the scents are heavy, buyers may think you’re trying to cover up a bad smell

The goal of most home sellers is to sell their home as quickly as possible for the highest amount possible. While no Realtor has a crystal ball (if they say they do, RUN!), we all want to give your home the absolute best chance. In a flooded seller’s market, where you are not competing with new construction homes, but often times, a resale home with the same floor plan, the four tips above can put you on a great path to accomplishing your goals.

The Smiley Group