10 Ways to Get Your Home List-Ready Right Now
Below, agents from Austin Portfolio Real Estate offer tried-and-true tips they’ve gleaned from years of helping Texans buy and sell their dream homes.
The best advice I can give sellers is to professionally stage a home. Even if the owner still lives in the home, a stager will look through the eyes of a buyer and know what to keep, what to remove, and how to arrange things to best show off the home. In a vacant home, staging gives the house life and allows the buyer to “see” the spaces better. Once this condo was staged, the response from buyers became “I can imagine living here” instead of “this is a nice view.”
Morgan Smith and Shannon Schmitz (Schmitz & Smith Group)
The most important thing before selling your home is to make sure your front yard and the front of your home look fresh and appealing. The next important thing is getting rid of clutter and personal items so that the buyer can envision their things in the home. Smells can really effect a sale as well, so a good ozone treatment is an inexpensive but effective way to tackle animal, food, and cigarette odors.
1955 Rue De St. Tropez
Staging makes all the difference! It brings out the best in your home so you can get top dollar in the shortest amount of time. Staging attracts buyers with warm and inviting spaces that they can picture themselves living in.
10910 River Terrace
I always encourage clients to focus on the front door, since many times it’s the statement piece on the front of your home. That first impression is always the most important, and people form an opinion before they walk inside. Fresh paint, new hardware, and potted plants make a big difference. At the very least, just make sure it’s clean. Always go with real flowers rather than plastic or silk. My go-to flower around a front door is azaleas — they add color without being overwhelming. If you have nesting barn swallows in your porch soffits, make sure that you clean up that mess.
You only have one chance at a first impression, so make sure your home sparkles. I always recommend getting an outside opinion on things that need to be done to your house. Wash windows inside and out, clean out the refrigerator, and dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Pet or smoke odors can really deter buyers, so make sure to clean air filters well. In a normal market, repairs can make or break your sale: patch holes, replace burned-out light bulbs, fix leaky faucets, and re-caulk tubs, showers, and sinks. Consider painting a neutral color if you have brightly colored walls or trim. Finally, make sure your agent hires a great photographer.
When de-cluttering and de-personalizing your home for sale, take all the selected items to a remote location like a storage facility — do not just shove them in a closet and think that you’re done. Buyers open closets. If they are packed full with personal items, it gives the impression that you are moving because you need more storage space. Try to have closets and storage as organized and roomy as the rest of the home.
Provide the buyer with the path of least resistance and show that your home is ready for move-in. That’s what the homes that sell for the highest value with the least amount of inconvenience for the seller do. Listen to the guidance of your experienced agent, from the inspector your agents suggests for a pre-inspect to the contractors recommended to take care of maintenance and repair issues, plus the professional organizers and stagers hired to properly present your home. These pros are the experts and will put your home in the best light.
Lighting is crucial. Bulbs that require five minutes or more to warm up won’t do the trick. The best idea is to have really bright lights — ideally warm white bulbs, because the harsh blue color put out by “daylight” bulbs really has a negative effect — on dimmer switches so that buyers are able to set them at their perfect level. It’s better for the house to be too bright than too dark. And it may sound obvious, but make sure that every light works. Anything that is not functioning properly puts a question mark in the buyer’s mind, and that is never a good thing.
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