There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time. Hiring the right real estate professional to advise on timing, staging, and most importantly, pricing is essential to ensuring you maximize your profits and minimize stress.
Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. Consult a realtor to figure out which of those repairs will definitely provide a return on investment. While putting on a fresh coat of paint and planting flower boxes in your windows will always give you a good return on investment, you want to be careful about undertaking major, costly renovations just to sell, when you never know what a buyer will or will not like. Creating curb appeal is almost always a good place to start!
Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral. Declutter, declutter, and declutter some more. Karrie's motto is "When in doubt, get it out."
Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is older or dated or if you have unusual spaces and you need to demonstrate how to best use them Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup. Your realtor can connect you with great stagers, or in some cases you may be able to DIY this step.