Even in a seller's market, putting a little effort in before you list your home can net you a greater overall profit and help you sell faster. Staging can make quite a big impact on your sale, and it doesn't have to be time-consuming or costly—here are a few quick tips to get you started.
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1. Start with the Basics
Today's buyers are willing to pay a premium for move-in ready homes, so it's crucial to get your property looking its best before it hits the market. Here are a few steps that every seller should take before they list.
Something as simple as a leaky faucet, creaky floors, or a hanging shutter can steer buyers away. Be sure to tackle all your to-dos, or even schedule a pre-listing home inspection.
No buyer wants to step inside a filthy home. Take some time to deep-clean all your spaces, focusing on hard-to-reach areas. Now is the time to go above and beyond...or hire a cleaning service.
Clear away clutter
We all have extra stuff that we don't need anymore, and throwing away or donating clutter can make your space feel larger. Don't neglect closets, pantries, garages, and attics, too.
Focus on curb appeal
First impressions are everything, even in real estate. If you want your home to truly pique a buyer's interest, spend some time enhancing your landscaping, adding new light fixtures, or painting your front door.
Make some upgrades
If your home isn't quite move-in ready, a few inexpensive upgrades—like painting your walls and cabinets or updating fixtures—can be worth the initial investment. Ask your agent for more advice!
2. Go the Extra Mile
Think your home is ready for buyers? Here are a few extra steps you can take to really enhance your space.
Move your furniture
Big furniture can make a room appear much smaller than it actually is. If you have any larger pieces, consider putting them in storage or moving them away from the walls and main walkways.
You might love that bright accent wall filled with memorabilia and family photos, but it could be off-putting to buyers. Take some time to remove your personal decor and put it in storage.
Let the light in
Opening the blinds, taking down the curtains, and turning on all your lights can make your spaces appear much larger. If a room doesn't have natural light, add mirrors or lamps.
Add some decor
Just because your home is on the market doesn't mean it can't have personality. Make your space appear lived-in with appropriate decor, like fresh flowers, a soft blanket, or a seasonal wreath.
3. Appeal to the Senses
Make your showings a memorable experience by appealing to your buyers' senses. Here are a few last-minute touches that can make a huge impact.
Play soft music
Before your showings begin, play some soft instrumental music from your smart speaker, TV, or stereo. It's a great way to set the mood and get buyers relaxed.
Use inviting scents
Try lighting candles or setting out some lightly scented potpourri to make your home smell wonderful. Eliminate bad odors by taking out the trash, cleaning out the fridge, and putting away pet supplies.
Leave out snacks
After a long day of showings, most buyers will welcome refreshments. Keep it simple with some bagged snacks and water bottles—it's a surefire way to make a lasting impression.
4. Keep Your Home Clean
Now that you've done all this work, you'll want to do your best to maintain it! Keep your home looking its best by establishing a pre-showing routine. This can include anything from taking the trash out and making beds to vacuuming and doing the dishes. Don't fall behind on your cleaning, either—if you don't have the time to keep things spotless, consider hiring a professional until your home sells.
5. Don't Forget the Backyard!
One more thing—your outdoor space! If you haven't already, take some time to focus on your backyard, porch, patio, or balcony. Sweep away debris, clean off your outdoor furniture, and make sure your landscaping is looking its best. If you have children or pets, clean up any toys or waste. Finally, mow your lawn (if you have one) and keep it free of any brown spots or weeds.
Ready to Sell Your Dallas Home?
Selling a home doesn't have to be hard when you work with the right agents. Here at Glazer's Realtors, we have what it takes to help you navigate every step of the selling process, and we'd love to help you stage your home to perfection. Remember—a little extra work can get you a ton of extra cash!
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