When prospective buyers tour your house, they’re always trying to imagine how to make it their own. It’s our job to make it easy for them to do that. Staging your home with even the smallest touches like new bathroom towels, drapes or flowers on a coffee table will liven up your listing and make a big difference to the buyer. In my experience, a home that’s staged sells faster and at a higher price than a home that’s not.
Here are some simple tips that will spruce up your listing:
De-Clutter and Depersonalize
De-clutter, de-clutter and de-clutter again. Remember, buyers are trying to picture themselves living in your home. You have to depersonalize it as much as possible. Move family pictures, refrigerator art, most of your knickknacks, paperwork, etc., out of sight. And as Marie Kondo says – if it doesn’t spark joy, thank it and toss is out. Pro tip: You can always stow stuff in empty suitcases. Just make sure your suitcases are stacked and stored neatly. Need something bigger? Consider renting a short-term storage unit.
Refresh Your Walls
Few upgrades will result in a higher return on investment than a fresh coat of paint – that’s true inside and out. And don’t forget your mailbox – it likely needs a fresh coat of paint, too. Choose nice, neutral colors. This is no time to try to impress buyers with too much colorful creativity.
Revisit Your Honey-Do List
You know all those repairs that have long been on your to-do list? Now’s the time to get them to-done. Your home buyer will very likely hire someone to inspect your home – plus, by law you have to disclose any issues you know about. Let’s decide which repairs we want to make now, before we officially put your home on the market. Some fixes are very affordable and fairly easy. Do these and you’ll get a great ROI:
• Replace old knobs, handles, drawer pulls and light switches
• Replace stained or worn carpeting
• Refinish hardwood floors
• Add new, brightly colored throw pillows to couches and beds
Turn Yourself Into a Clean Machine
Few of us enjoy housework, so find a way to reward yourself – or your kiddos, if you have them – for sorting out the clutter and cleaning every single thing you own. I’m exaggerating a little, but you get the picture. Take a room or two a day and toss items you don’t need, put them aside for a garage sale or donate them to a good cause. Then grab the furniture spray and glass cleaner and get to work. If you want to sell your house quickly at top dollar, you have to clean it from top to bottom and everywhere in between.
See? That’s not so bad. These simple steps will make a huge difference as we prepare to put your home on the market!
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336 Terrell Road in Terrell Hills (featured above) is listed by my Nix Realty Company colleague Kate Park. The original house built in 1911, with thoughtful additions and updates. Master suite is down, with sitting area, doors to the pool, built ins and recently updated bathroom and walk-in closets. Two bedrooms with en suite baths, office and two playrooms are upstairs. The third floor bedroom/bath has living area, craft or homework room and views of Fort Sam Houston and downtown San Antonio. Two laundry areas, one in master bath, and one on the second floor. Apartment off garage adds a bed and bath not included in the square footage, making it a 5/5/1. Spacious yard, has pool, patio and spa/hot tub. A lovely, one of a kind home in a spectacular setting.
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