So, You’ve decided to sell your house.
Clean, decluttered, simplified and touched up means money. Sometimes BIG MONEY!
Remember, there are actually 3 Keys To Selling fast and for top dollar…
Yet, with all things being equal, there’s one thing…
Inner Neat Freak Clean
What Do The Homeowners Do That Consistently Win?:
Who are the homeowners that sell for the top dollar to happy, urgent,eager and easy to deal with buyers? You know, the ones with the most perfectly conditioned, winning presentations that help create urgent and aggressive, happy buyers?
They Get Competitive!! They work, clean, touch-up, re-do, polish, scrub, re-paint, straighten and put on the finishing touches that condition their homes to out-perform the other homes on the market in their price range. PERIOD. That’s it. End of story.
I think they somehow reach into themselves and find the Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners that they have always wanted to be! (that’s kind of a joke, but, there is a lot of truth in that joke!)
The rest of the story I have borrowed directly from From Dave Ramsey: (By the Way, if you know Dave’s ELP program, I have been an ELP for over 10 years! A very hard program to be a part of and to continue in, I have been with Dave as long or longer than anyone else in the Sacramento Area!)
“If your budget’s tight, you may think you can’t afford to stage your home. There are definitely ways to make your home well faster and for far more. And ways to do it that take a little time and work, but are not expensive at all..
No decluttering advice would be complete without a call to streamline your closets. “If your closet is crowded, I’m going to think my stuff won’t fit,” Dawn says. Wow buyers by showing them how much space there is for stuff—not how much stuff there is in the space.
Once all the clutter’s out of the way, take a step back and look at the big picture. Does your home invite buyers to sit and stay a while? Can buyers flow freely through your home without bumping into things? If not, you’ve got work to do!
Start by putting bulky pieces in storage and moving furniture away from the walls. “Oftentimes, the room is arranged so the children can play in the middle of the room or the TV can be seen easily from every chair and sofa,” Dawn says. Buyers want to walk in and see an open—yet intimate—space that inspires conversation, not channel-surfing.
An experienced agent (one like me) can lend a fresh eye and help you reimagine your home. “Go to different rooms and see if there are pieces that you can repurpose for the living room to get the effect you want,” Dawn suggests.
Another way to look at staging is this: Plan on everyone in the family spending a couple weekends full of nothing but cleaning, tidying, and removing, and then if there is still time and maybe some money, spend it on the curb appeal, landscaping, entryway (entrance to the house) and the first room as you come in the door AND the kitchen.
By Forth Hoyt, CRS (yes, the guy who wants to sell your house.)