Once you’ve decided to sell your home, it is important to prepare your property so that it looks attractive to buyers. Ideally, you want your home to look like a showcase. This is more important than you might think! REALTORS® repeatedly find that people can’t visualize the potential of a home — they have to see it. That means that how your home looks at present is how people see themselves in it They can’t see past the chips, leaks, clutter and stains. In fact, they tend to focus even more on those things. In order to make sure your property is drawing potential buyers, and not turning them away, here are some tips:
THE 3 R’S OF PREPPING YOUR HOME FOR SALE
Get rid of as much clutter as possible. Give it away, sell it at a garage sale, put it in storage, or take it to the dump. Just get it out of the house. You want your home to look spacious and tidy.
Chipped paint, cracked tiles, squeaky hinges, leaky faucets. Fix everything you can. If you need a contractor, your agent can recommend one.
Clean, clean and clean again. (It’s that important!) You want your home to look guest-ready. Organize each room so that it looks like a showcase. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way to dramatically improving the look.
Sound like a lot of work? Don’t worry, you don’t need to do it overnight! Also, most agents will have contacts who can make the process a lot easier. From handymen to cleaners, a great real estate agent will always be well connected. And here’s good news:Everything you remove, clean or repair helps to sell your home faster and for a better price. So it’s like getting paid to do it!
One last tip is to consider staging. Remember the last time you visited a high-end furniture showroom or a new model home with its gorgeous livingrooms, bedrooms and bathrooms? That’s staging. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, staged homes sell 49% faster and for 7-11% more money. In fact, you can expect nearly half (49%) of the buyers to be positively impacted if your home is staged.3
You can hire a professional stager. Or you can follow some basic staging tips yourself. Either way, your agent can help.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Feel free to reach out to us! With years of experience in Vancouver real estate, and a team of four knowledgeable REALTORS®, we are confident that we can answer any questions you may have.
3Source: 2015 Profile On Staging published by NAR