It’s true that you can spend a lot of money on a renovation project, but there are also free or very inexpensive ways to increase the number of quality offers on your home. I’m in the field every day and prospects comment on the same things. Lighting. Something not functioning (they turn on switches and faucets and open drawers and cabinets, almost subconsciously). Clutter (or lack of storage).
I understand that living in a staged home is a lot to ask, but if you want to sell your home, try to use as many of my Effective Selling Rules as possible:
- Clean / de-clutter – depersonalize and clean every surface of clutter and REMOVE it from your home – get it into storage (not hidden in that garage that you are trying to make look like an actual garage!)
- Lighten / brighten – replace broken light bulbs or exchange your current ones with higher wattage bulbs, clean skylights and windows, and keep ALL drapes open
- Electric / plumbing – get everything working. Spend now or lose later – enough said
- Yard – get rid of all personal effects and toys. Spend money on nourishing your grass to give it a healthy green appearance
- Staging – fresh flowers and live plants go a long way. Replace oversized furniture with smaller, rental items; again, REMOVING them from the house.
- Kitchen / bath – freshen the paint, re-caulk/grout, and replace toilet seats and dated fixtures
- Paint walls / ceilings – repair any scuffs or damaged interior walls and repaint the ceiling to cover stains and dust. It is amazing how bright this makes a home look and how painting, oftentimes, will lessen pet and smoke odors – or even eliminate them
- Carpeting / Flooring – replace stained carpet or covering damaged hardwood will net you an average of 104%. Carpet and paint don’t add much value, but they are critical in helping homes sell and some of the most affordable updates to make
As a final note, if you want some more great staging tips, follow “Designed to Sell” designer Lisa LaPorta, on HGTV. Fabulous stuff. Do you have any simple or free staging ideas? Feel free to leave comments, below.
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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO
Licensed in Virginia
Liz Moore and Associates,
5350 Discovery Park Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
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