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Tips For Sellers

May 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Santa Barbara Real Estate

Putting your house on the market? A good real estate agent isn’t all you need. Sometimes staging your house can be the difference between its sitting or selling. Staging can be as small as tweaks with paint, furniture placement, and accessories that make your house look as desirable as possible. Or, hiring a professional stager to come in and dramatically transform your home into a showplace. Either way a recent survey by Coldwell Banker found that staged homes spent half the time on the market and sold for more than the asking price.
Here are some simple staging tips to help you turn lookers into buyers at your next open house:

Scrub till it sparkles! It sounds obvious, but experts say sellers often overlook the easy fix. Vacumn behind the couches and under the bed. Scrub out stains in the carpet and wash all of the windows inside and out. Scour ceiling fans and polish door knobs. When things sparkle, houses sell.
Open windows to let in the fresh air. Have a friend perform the white glove – and sniff – tests. You may be so used to your cat’s litter box that you don’t even notice it’s smell.
Clobber the Clutter: Go room by room and purge. The less stuff you have, the bigger the house will seem. Get rid of anything personal: Kids trophies, wedding pictures, and college banners make buyers feel like intruders. ” You want people to feel like they’re walking into a house that could be theirs according to Memme.
Pay Attention to Details: Go through your entire to-do list, then do and redo. This means patching any holes in the walls, fixing leaky faucets, and replacing burned out light bulbs. Buy fresh towels and put all the toilet lids down. Hide wastebaskets. Play soft music throughout the house. Play up the zones in your garage. Designate one area for garden tools and another for sports related equipment. “Organization helps sell a home.”
Camouflage with Paint: Paint not only makes a house look better, it also helps with odors. Pick nuetrals. Nuetral doesn’t mean white. Try warm tans, honeys, taupes, and sage.
Entice Buyers to Enter: Go across the street and get a good look. Your eyes should be drawn to the front door, not the grass that needs mowing, the overgrown weeds, or that old rain gutter that’s been sittting in your driveway since 2006. If people don’t like what they see on the outside, they may not want to come in. Doors are the one exception to the neutral-color rule. Rich colors say “Welcome” and “Come Inside.” And, create an inviting entry with colorful flowers.
Define each Room: Don’t force buyer’s to guess a room’s purpose. Figure out it’s true intent and then furnish accordingly. If your living room doubles as an office, take out the desk.
Use Furniture Wisely: And sparingly, see if you can pare down a quarter to half of the furniture in every room. Take a picture of each room to gain perspective.
Highlight Key Architectural Elements: Direct the eye with drama. Use contrast colors on crown moldings or use valances to showcase tall windows. Don’t push furniture up against a wall as it will create odd empty space in the middle of the room. Instead, float it off the wall to help buyers circulate around the room.
Let there be Light!: Turn on every light in the house – even in the daytime. And, unless a window looks onto a garbage dump, keep drapery open. Remember: Once you put the For Sale sign up, you have to emotionally detach from your house. It’s not about how you live or what your taste are, it’s about appealing to a wide range of tastes.
(Some of the information for this post was taken from an article written by Leslie Pepper)

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