A home is nearly never ready to market immediately. There are always things to be done that improve the buyers’ experiences and thereby improve the odds of the maximizing your sale price. But we understand, we don’t live in a perfect world, and it’s not always feasible to do “everything.”
We can help provide a hierarchy of priorities that will maximize your return and achieve you goals. Painting? Trim? A loose shingle? A basement that floods? We think ahead – not just about the buyers’ fist visits, but also about the inevitable home inspection. We can recommend great service providers. And we can be there if you can’t.
In our market, you are typically selling a home that is “done/redone”, “new” “up-to-date” if it has: granite/marble/quart countertops, renovated baths with fixtures not more than 15 years old, floors that are in great condition, no cracks in the walls or ceilings, paint that is of a modern palate and unblemished, and window dressings that are tidy, tasteful and clean. Buyers expect a home that has older countertops, dingy carpeting or scratched floors, old/out-dated baths and paint that is cracked or stained to be priced accordingly. Many buyers have a hard time seeing through these minor defects. It is very important to address as many of these kinds of items as you can before listing your house. We can help you lay out a path that is within your budget.
“Staging” is extraordinarily important. But you don’t always need to hire a stager or move our and rent furniture. The first step is to DE-CLUTTER. To make your home look like a photo in Real Simple Magazine — which is what will maximize the buyer’s experience — it needs to be as impersonal, simple, clean, and serene as possible.
Steps to “staging” a house you’re living in:
*We can help you hire someone for all these steps
If you are not living in the house and you want to maximize what buyers will pay, we recommend fully staging. The price tag for that is high, so we can help you be selective if you need to.