Selling Your Home? Make it Shine with Home Staging

We’ve all heard about ‘Home Staging’, right? Well, it really does work! Preparing your house before it is ever shown can be the difference between selling it quickly at the right price and having it sit on the market for 8 months. There are professionals that you can hire to really dress up your house but here are some basic, common sense things that everybody can do:

Staging a home for sale

1. Thorough Cleaning! Duh! Who wants to buy a dirty house?

2. De-clutter. Move the dust collectors, excess kids’ toys and other stuff to storage while you are showing your house.

3. De-personalize. The goal is to create a blank canvas so the home buyer can envision their own ‘stuff’ in your house. Box up the family photos and other mementos for the time being.

4. Neutral colors. The home needs to appeal to both men and women. Having a pink and fluffy bedroom might be your style, but the husband may not be able to see beyond it.

5. Repairs. That small hole in the wall may not bother you but it can be a major turnoff to potential buyers.

6. Curb appeal. Remember the old saying…you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression? Well, the front of your house is the first impression a buyer gets. If it’s junky or dirty, the buyer may have that feeling about the whole house. Sweep, clean, repaint the front door. Make it pretty!

There are tons of things you can do to make your house appealing to a buyer. Here are a few more tips:

Can’t Miss Home Staging Tips

21 Home Staging Tips

Ready to sell your Louisville home? Call me, I’ll help you stage it to sell quickly!

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

Which Home Improvements give you the most bang for your buck??

Ready to put your house on the market? Or perhaps you’d just like to spruce up your home?  Chances are you will sell this house at some point so before you grab the hammer, find out what features home buyers want most.

The Kitchen

kitchen remodelStainless steel appliances are still the rage. But did you know that you may be able to replace the front of your dishwasher or refrigerator with a panel that looks like stainless? If your appliances are newer and in great shape, this may be a less expensive option than buying new.

Granite countertops.  Home buyers are looking for luxury in a kitchen and granite countertops are high on the list. Not exactly inexpensive, but you’ll get a reasonable return on the money spent once you sell the house. And speaking of kitchens, buyers are still looking for islands and large walk-in pantries.

Hardwood Floorshome remodel

Home buyers under the age of 55 prefer hardwood floors while older buyers would rather have carpeting. And if you can afford it, hardwood is much more desirable than laminate flooring.

Master Suite

A large, luxurious master suite with spacious, updated master bath is always a big selling point. And if it’s bright and airy with vaulted ceiling, so much the better.

The Fireplace – Still near the top of home buyers’ lists of must haves and many home buyers are looking for houses with more than one fireplace. Obviously, if your house does not already have a fireplace, it’s a little difficult to add one. One option is to build an outdoor fireplace.

 

This is just a beginning. There are many more home improvements which add value to your home. Do your research before you start your remodel job.

When you are ready to put your remodeled home on the market, give me a call!

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Ky
502-640-6861

 

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.

E-Pro – Specialist using the latest Technology to help buyers find their dream home.

IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

 

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