As a Morris County, NJ Home Stager there are universal important do’s and don’ts that will help sell your home. In this housing market you need that competitive edge and by following these recommendations, you will drive more buyers to your door increasing the odds of selling faster and for top dollar.
1. Think you know more than your Realtor and insist on listing your home over what your ®Realtor advises. They are the experts and know the market. This is the most important “don’t” when selling your home, bar none!
3. Wait until just before your open house to discard or store personal collections, unnecessary furniture and family photos. Call on family to help store things until you move or Rent PODS – the newest, fastest growing self-storage units. This serves two purposes: you’ll have far less to do once you sell and showcase the room’s square footage.
2. Clean your home by hiding junk into every conceivable storage space. It’s a given that buyers will look in your basements, attics, closets, garages and cabinets. Buyers will perceive that if your “stuff” doesn’t fit, they’re things won’t either.
4. Fill your home with Glad Plugins and similar products. It’s akin to spraying perfume in lieu of a shower – it doesn’t work and buyers suspect your trying to mask unpleasant odors. Clean is the only smell everyone loves!
5. Assume buyers are going to take on your deferred maintenance like broken doorbells, leaky faucets, chipped molding, running toilettes and/or torn screens. Buyers want turnkey homes. Moreover, you don’t want to give them instant negatives when they walk in the door.
6. Assume buyers are pet lovers – many are not and some are allergic to cats and dogs. During showings and open houses, temporarily take pets and all trances of them out of the home. Yes, this is a hassle, I know, but it’s temporary and your goal is to sell quickly.
7. Neglect curb appeal– it’s buyer’s first impression of your home in person and on MLS (where 90% of buyer’s start their home search). Either do it yourself or hire a landscaping company. Don’t forget to trim hedges, add fresh mulch and blow debris clear from walkways, porch and driveway. A new Welcome mat is always a plus!
1. Price your home at fair market value – today’s fair market value; not 8 years ago when homes sold like hotcakes. If you overprice your home and it sits with no respectable offers, it becomes stale and you start receiving low-ball offers. 85% of people think their home is worth more than it is?!
2. Discard any out any outdated, dusty floral arrangements and flower swags that went out with the eighties. Replace them with real plants, or buy high quality silk arrangements that will pass for the real thing – just not at the dollar store!
3. Paint the inside of your home in neutral colors. Nothing brightens and cleans a home more than a fresh coat of paint. In addition, it yields the biggest bang for your buck with a 150% return on investment. Consult a Morris County, NJ stager for the most popular neutral wall colors that appeal to the masses.
4. Have your rugs shampooed so they are clean and odor free. You can rent carpet cleaners at most grocery stores or hire a carpet cleaning company. While you’re at it, open all your windows and air out your home every few days.
5. Give every room a purpose taking the guess work out for buyers. If you’re selling your home as a 3 bedroom, but have been using one of the rooms as an home gum/office, return it to a bedroom. If you have a small space with no closet, make that room an office.
6. Your master bedroom should be non-gender specific. Invest in neutral bedding and add some decorative pillows. Look at high-end hotels. They are designed to appeal to the masses. Grandma’s homemade afghan isn’t going to cut it!
7. Invest in a home staging consultation. Home stagers are experts on preparing your home for the market. They understand and can implement all the necessary changes that will give your home that competitive edge it needs in today’s market.
If you’re planing on selling let Elite Staging and Redesign help and guide you in preparing your home for the market. Call us today at 201-602-2562 or fill out our contact form.