WHAT IS HOME STAGING and WHY DO YOU NEED IT TO HELP SELL YOUR HOUSE?
Home Staging is the proven process of preparing a property for sale so it sells in the quickest time and at the best price based on market conditions. It combines the skills of placement, color and presentation and is done for the target buyer demographic.
“We believe in Home Staging so much that we provide Home Staging services to you as part of our listing services.” What that means for you as a Seller is that we understand the key advantages that properly preparing a home offers and will utilize them in successfully marketing your home for sale.
HOME STAGING WORKS IN ANY MARKET
When the market is swift, Staging helps you get more money for your house. When the market is slower, Staging helps your house stand out from the crowd and attract a Buyer! A home that is Staged will sell faster and for more than the un-Staged competition.
If you are a Buyer, our goal is to show you the houses that have been professionally Staged – these are the ones that you can feel good about when you walk in the door! No surprises – these houses are clean, clutter free, and have been de-stressed. You can imagine yourselves living in the home because the Sellers have prepared the space for You – The Buyer.
COMPETITION: YOU MATTER MOST! KEEP MORE EQUITY
In today’s market, you need a Realtor who will do what is best for YOU, the Seller. You have our commitment that we will honor our agreement to serve you and get you the best price for your home including maximum exposure to the greatest number of potential buyers.
You deserve to have the entire buying public see your house, so that you get the best offer in the shortest time. In addition to MLS, we will feature your house on proven real estate traffic sites for maximum exposure. Additionally, your house will Staged so that the images online look great. Statistics prove Staging works in any market!
PREPARATION: HOME STAGING WITH A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL
As standard practice in our Real Estate Business, we prepare all our listings for Sale by using the professional services of a local trained Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) Master. Homes that are Staged sell faster and for more money than comparable non-staged homes. Every home we represent will be Staged to Sell in order to capture the highest offer and fastest sales time! We partner with the #1 Staging Company in our region, Sensational Home Staging in order to get your house market ready! For more information on this valuable service, log onto www.SensationalHome.com and learn how Home Staging will help you and why you need to work with a TRAINED professional ASP Master Home Stager.
STATISTICS SUPPORT STAGING BEFORE YOU LIST YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE!
10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home
Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home in the greater Denver CO area.
Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right
Work with a professional REALTOR to help determine what your house is worth. We study the market, look at comparables, and provide an honest assessment of what your house is worth based on condition. If you have not updated your house, it will not be worth the same amount to a buyer than a property that has been totally updated. If you have issues of repair or age, the pricing will reflect that. Even though we are in a hot market currently, buyers are not going to grossly overpay for a property as it still has to appraise.
Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
Selling Secret #8: Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
Selling Secret #7: Play the agent field
A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker. Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed and in tune with the greater Denver area. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.
Selling Secret #6: Conceal the Fur Babies
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the fur babies to a pet hotel for the day.
Selling Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. Update outdated counter tops and worn flooring.
Selling Secret #4: Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a professional home stager to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space. We recommend Sensational Home Staging – check out their credentials, work and successes.
Selling Secret #3: The kitchen comes first
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy stainless steel appliances.
Selling Secret #2: Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
Selling Secret #1: The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.
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