You’ve decided to put your home on the market but have been listening to horror stories from friends and family. They complained about their experiences with a home that languished on the market forever or offers that were way too low. Perhaps it wasn’t the market, the realtor, or even the location. Maybe it was a home that just didn’t present well to buyers.

It Will Sell Faster

If you want to sell your home fairly quickly and at top dollar, it’s important to know that staging your home will greatly increase your odds. According to The Mortgage Reports, β€œstaged homes actually sell 73 percent faster than un-staged ones, based on information from the Real Estate Staging Association.” What is staging? Well, it’s a viable alternative to selling your home cheap on one end of the spectrum or doing pricey renovations on the other. A stager comes in and brings furnishings and accessories that improve your home’s overall flow and appearance. It’s a small investment to make to sell your home and in many cases, an investment of just hundreds of dollars could end up yielding a return of several thousand dollars. Yes, it’s a well-known fact in the world of real estate sales that your home will sell faster if it is staged well.

Buyers Need Help to Visualize

Remove personal items, it’s a fact that getting potential buyers engaged and seriously interested in living in your home, you need to de-personalize. According to All Storage Online, β€œyou want a potential buyer to see the house as theirs, not yours. Remove personal items like family photographs, personal trophies, and other items which are specific to you and your family.”
If some walls look bare following removal of personal pictures or if it looks too obvious that something is missing, go online and find a few framed posters or generic art to take their place. Those family pics will look so much better in your new home so just pack them away for later.

Conquer That Clutter

Don’t just remove your personal items but get rid of all of the clutter as well (or at least hide it somewhere). According to The Home Buying Institute, β€œit can make your home look smaller and give potential buyers a headache just trying to visualize what it would look like without all the stray toys, excessive collectibles, and all of the everyday clutter that you might let pile up.” Ok, you could very well be a pristine housekeeper (or even have a paid one) but stuff piles up anyway. How many magazines do you have on your coffee table? How many small appliances do you have on your kitchen counters? Get the picture?

You can go room by room, starting with the most cluttered areas of your home. Use organization techniques and storage solutions to ensure all items in the home have a place. Garages tend to be dumping grounds for families, so make sure that you spend time decluttering this space as well. Get rid of unused items and organize any stray tools you find along the way.

If you want to get top dollar for your home, declutter and stage to make buyers see it as their “forever home”. It doesn’t take much time or money to do and you’ll be glad you did!

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