You decided to sell your house, and you want to sell fast. Here are five tips from property staging experts that are proven to reduce your home’s time on the market.
- Use Your Inner Neat Freak
As recommended on the television shows, pay particular attention to common junk magnets like:
- Kitchen and bathroom benches
- Kids bedrooms
- Not too many family photos
- Remove magnets from fridge
- Tidy shoes
Wow buyers by showing them how much space there is, not how much stuff there is! The only exception to this rule is your garage – it doesn’t matter if the garage is cluttered with all the stuff you have moved from inside.
- Rearrange the Furniture
We want buyers to walk freely through your home without bumping into things. Remember at an open home, there may be several groups of people looking through your home at once, so create space by:
- Move the coffee table from the middle of the room
- Push the dining table against the wall
- Keep hallways clear
- Think Like a Buyer
If buyers see a dirty house they tend to extrapolate and wonder if the property has been poorly maintained or if there are hidden problems they are unaware of. I know it may sound funny, but an untidy or unclean house can often end up selling for less due to less interest from buyers. Remember to do skirting boards, windows and ceiling fans as well!
- Set the Table
In sales we call it ‘sell the sizzle not the steak’. In real estate terms this means ‘sell the lifestyle’.
‘So Mr & Mrs Buyer, do you like entertaining? Yes… well the great thing with this covered area at the back is you can open up these doors and it’s ideal for indoor-outdoor entertaining. How many people would you invite for your housewarming party?’
If you have an outdoor table, maybe set it for when friends are coming over for a BBQ after the open home ie. something casual. This may help put buyers in the picture and imagine themselves being there.
- Change the Use of a Room
Tip #5 doesn’t suit every property, but if you’ve got a dining room, convert it into a study by removing the formal table and chairs, then replace with a desk, filing cabinet and office chair. Alternatively, a study can converted to a bedroom – just add a corner cupboard from Ikea. Remember: a study is worth more (to a buyer) than a dining room, and a bedroom is worth more than a study. Dress to impress! As a rough rule of thumb, an extra bedroom is worth $20,000 on the sale price.
Of course, every home is different. Before you invest your time and money preparing your home for sale, contact Karl for advice. He understands what buyers want and can suggest what changes will maximise your return on investment.