When you decide to put your home for sale on the market it shifts from being your ‘home’ to being a ‘product.’ This can be a difficult mental switch to make as many of us are emotionally attached to our homes.
Get prepared to keep your home show ready. It can be hard to keep things sparkly clean and tidy while you’re living in it, especially if you have children and pets.
Some homes may need updates such as new carpet, countertops, light fixtures, wall paper removal, fresh paint, etc. For a small investment, you can rid your home of distracting features that may be turning buyers away. Small investments can help you get more money on the sale of your home.
Statistics show that homes that have been professionally staged sell faster and for more money than competing inventory. Many professional stagers will offer different levels of service:
- A walk through consultation that leaves you with a ‘do it yourself’ checklist is generally very affordable. It’s nice to have a professional set of eyes and recommendations.
- Another level up would be the stager doing the work of cleaning, organizing, and staging your furniture to look its best.
- Some stagers offer furniture and art rentals to warm up vacant homes.
If you choose to do the work yourself, here is a thorough checklist that can help you get your home ‘show’ ready. Seller Checklist: Get Your Home ‘Show’ Ready
When you put your home on the market, please ask your real estate agent to choose AmeriTitle as your preferred title and escrow provider.
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