SETTING THE RIGHT STAGE for selling a home is essential for a fast sale, especially in summer when buyers are out in droves and rushing to find the right home due to relocating or setting up house before the beginning of the next school year. If your home is not ready for a showing, whether because the yard is in poor shape, the house is cluttered or because you haven't made necessary repairs, the potential buyer will likely move on to the next house for sale, leaving yours to sit on the market.
Here are three essential staging tips:
1. Maintain curb appeal. The outside of the house is just as important as the inside. It is the first thing a prospective buyer will see. An overgrown, dishevelled front yard might inspire a potential buyer to keep driving. When showing your house, always keep the lawn and bushes manicured and plant flowers, keeping in mind that yellow flowers stimulate buying impulses.
2. Make it clutter free. The most inexpensive thing you can do to make your home ready to show is to clean up the clutter and show lots of useable space. For example, if you tend to keep small appliances and Utensils on the counter-tops, store them in the cupboards so people can see the greatest amount of available counter space.
3. Make the home easily accessible for showings. Buyers, especially those ready to make an offer, want to see the home when it is convenient for them. The most qualified buyers are often those on a short trip to an area before a corporate move, who must find a house quickly during that trip. If your home isn't available to show, the agent will just move on to another house.