The Essentials to Styling Your Home to Sell Quickly

When listing a home on the market, it’s important to do everything in your power to ensure it sells as quickly as possible. Not only will sitting on the market for a protracted period of time leave your money tied up in the home, but it can also make your property seem less appealing to prospective buyers. Here are some of the best steps you can take to make your home sell quickly.

Update Paint and Flooring

New Painted WallsMany homes that have been in the hands of the same owner for many years have slowly fallen out of date in terms of interior decor. If you want your home to sell fast, it’s important to update its appearance before listing it. Fresh paint and new flooring will be relatively inexpensive, but they will make your home much more appealing to potential buyers. Look through some home magazines to get a sense of what the preferred styles are at the moment, as these will typically be what buyers are looking for.

Arrange Rooms to Create the Illusion of More Space

Some homeowners, especially those who sell without the help of an agent, make the mistake of showing their homes with the furniture arranged as it usually is. While this may be the most comfortable arrangement of furniture you have found, it probably isn’t the best for styling a home to sell. Try rearranging the furniture and decor in your living spaces to make them look larger. In your living room, for example, position couches or loveseats near the edges of the room to create a large, open space in the center, as this will make the room look larger than it actually is.

Get Your Lighting Right

As minor a matter as it may seem, home lighting plays a large role in how potential buyers will view your property. Dim, outdated lighting will make your home seem less inviting. Modern lighting that illuminates your spaces more thoroughly, on the other hand, will tend to appeal to home buyers. At the moment, bright but cool lights are very much in style.

Pay Special Attention to Your Kitchen

Because it is used multiple times every day, a home’s kitchen is one of its most important spaces. Buyers will be looking for a kitchen with modern styling, so be sure you can give it to them. This can be as simple as updating paint or wallpaper, but there are also several other steps you can take. Replacing countertops, sinks or cabinet hardware, for example, will help to improve the appearance of the space.

Enhance Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor SpaceIn the process of styling a home ahead of putting it on the market, some homeowners focus entirely on their indoor areas and ignore the outdoor elements of their properties. This is a major mistake, as the outdoor part of your property will be the first thing a buyer sees upon arriving. Make sure that your yard is well-trimmed and tastefully landscaped. You may also consider laying down fresh grass seed or fertilizer before listing your home in order to make your lawn appear fuller and healthier.

Get Photo-Ready

When a potential buyer first sees your home, chances are he or she will be looking at an online listing. If you want to make your home stand out from the pack, be sure you’re ready for a professional real estate photographer to take great pictures in your living spaces. One good way to ready your home for this process is to carefully position small decorative or accent pieces on shelves while keeping tables largely clear. Ideally, the pictures of your home should make it look friendly, inviting and livable. For this reason, it is rarely a good idea to list a home with photographs of empty rooms, as this will make it harder for buyers to visualize themselves living in it.

Focus On Your Entryway

Houses are a lot like people in that those who are seeing them for the first time form opinions very quickly based on their appearances. This is why your home’s entryway is such an important space if you want it to sell quickly. Upon entering your house, a potential buyer should form a positive impression immediately. To help this happen, you can install tile or hardwood flooring or position a table with a tasteful decor piece or two by the door. The exterior of your entrance should also be striking, with good-looking lighting fixtures and door hardware in place.

There’s never an absolute guarantee that your house will sell quickly, but with proper styling you can vastly increase the chances that it will. Remember as you prepare your home to look at it through the eyes of a prospective buyer, rather than as someone who has lived there for years. By understanding what a buyer will be looking for, you can style your house to appeal to the person who is hunting for a new home.

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Spring Sale

Spring is a peak time in the real estate market. If you’re selling your home, having a few months to prepare can make the difference in how appealing it is to potential buyers and quickly your home sells. Here are some valuable suggestions on steps to take to ensure your home sells for the price you want.

Real Estate Snap ShotPlan A Home Inspection

When you’re selling your home, it’s a good idea to have an inspection done for any potential issues before you place it on the market. If problems are uncovered once you list your home, it could take longer to sell and cost you more money to make necessary improvements.

Research Homes For Sale

One of the biggest decisions is whether to sell your home or buy another home first. Research home prices in the area in which you plan to move. A realtor can assist you with market prices and how fast homes are selling in your region, so you’ll have an approximate idea of how long it will take you to find a new home. A realtor can help you with the financing during the transition phase of the sale.

Talk To Several Realtors

You should interview different realtors to find out what they can offer in your price range. Don’t automatically choose the realtor that says they’ll sell your home faster than anyone else. The realtor should provide you with a market analysis and be familiar with the local area in which you plan to buy your next home.

Early Spring Cleaning

Everyone has items that clutter their home. Before your house goes on the market, do a thorough cleaning and get rid of the clutter. Potential owners want to envision themselves living in your home and don’t want to see your family photographs or children’s art projects and toys scattered around the house. Put away kitchen items you use everyday when you’re having a showing.

Make Improvements To Your Home

Expensive renovations to your home isn’t always an option, but aesthetic improvements will make your home appealing to buyers. Give interior walls a fresh coat of paint. Replacing old light fixtures and ceiling fans or replacing bathroom fixtures and grout will give your home a new appearance.

You could find local contractors who don’t charge a lot to make cosmetic improvements such as painting kitchen cabinets or refinishing floors to spruce up the interior. Determine what your budget must be to make the necessary improvements and how much time will be needed to get everything done.

Begin Packing

Packing months before your home goes on the market may not sound feasible, but it’s a good time to go through your attic and basement and give away or sell items you won’t need. Items you won’t need right away can be packed and put aside.

Put items aside to host a Spring sale as the time gets closer for you to move. Packing away unnecessary items give your home a larger appearance, and potential buyers can determine where they want to place furniture when they move in.

Make Your Home Sparkling CleanCleaning

Make sure everything inside and out is clean and sparkling. Furniture should be polished, floors should be clean, and carpeting should smell fresh. Before you put your home on the market, have a cleaning company come in to give your home a thorough cleaning and have your carpets professionally cleaned.

Return On Your Investment

You probably don’t want to spend a lot making home improvements before you sell, but making upgrades can give you the most ROI. For example, if your floors are vinyl tile, you may upgrade to laminate or hardwood floors. Older appliances can be upgraded to newer, more energy efficient brands. Replacing older appliances with stainless steel models are a plus. Wood-grained counter tops can be replaced with granite or quartz.

Check Out Homes in Your Area

When you’re selling your home, a little homework goes a long way. Look at listings in your area. Find out how long the homes have been on the market. Look at houses in a similar price range with amenities that match your home. Researching the local market will give you an idea of what upgrades you need to make to your home and what your asking price should be.

Curb Appeal is Essential

Some buyers decide whether or not they like your home when they see it for the first time. Mulch your plant beds, trim excess growth from shrubs and trees, make sure your lawn is manicured, and make sure the exterior of your home looks welcoming. Small touches like painting the trim and front door or potted plants on your front porch can give it the “wow” factor.

Although you may have to spend money for a Spring sale of your home, by making necessary improvements, you’re more likely to get a good return on your biggest investment.