For most of us, our home is the biggest investment we will ever make. When it comes time to sell, treating your home as such will help you get a bigger return on your investment. You want it to look it’s very best when potential buyers come through or view your photos online. First impressions matter, which is where home staging comes in. Home staging emphasizes its strengths and minimizes its weaknesses. This is important for your marketing photos and when potential buyers are trying to visualize a life there.
Here are a few tips to help you get your home ready to sell.
One of the first things you want to do is declutter. Clutter
takes up space and space is what sells. Make your home look bigger and more
desirable by editing down to just the basics.
De-personalizing goes hand-in-hand with decluttering. You want
potential buyers to be able to picture their things in the house. Go
room-to-room and clear off the countertops, desk tops and shelves of all
personal items. This includes your family photos. In this case, less is
Cleaning goes a long way to improve the look and feel of your
investment. A deep clean before you list the home is a good idea, but then set
aside time each week to give the floors and bathrooms a once over.
Spackle and Paint
Now that your home is decluttered, de-personalized and clean, it’s
a good time to spackle and paint. Filling in the holes and applying a fresh
coat of paint will freshen the look of the house. Using lighter colors like
white or beige will make the room feel bigger.
The National Association of REALTORS took a look at the value staging a home brings to the selling process, the return on investment or ROI. Here is what it determined.
83% of buyers’ agents say that staging makes it
easier for buyers to visualize the property as their future home.
44% of buyers’ agents say that staging a home
increases the dollar value offered
53% of sellers’ agents say that staging a home
decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market
95% of agents recommend that sellers declutter
their home before putting it on the market.
When it comes to the return on investment, a staged home will sell faster and for more money than a non-staged home. The results of a recent Coldwell Banker survey show staged homes sell for more than 6% above the asking price. For a $200,000 listing, that’s $12,000 extra in the seller’s pockets.
If a new Federal rule is approved it will have a sizeable impact on the real estate market. Federal regulators are close to approving a proposal to increase the appraisal threshold on residential home sales. What’s that mean for you? It means that certain home sales, of $400,000 and under, may not require an appraisal. Since 1994 the appraisal requirement has been set at $250,000.
The proposal is currently awaiting Fed approval to move forward. It has been approved by both the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) and the OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency), so experts believe it’s only a matter of time before the Fed approves the rule, it’s entered into the Federal Register and enacted as the law of the land.
Now, it’s important to mention this does not apply to ALL loans. New rules do NOT apply to loans that are wholly or partially insured or guaranteed by, or eligible for sale to, a government agency or government sponsored agency. That means loans sold to or guaranteed by the FHA, HUD, the VA or Fannie and Freddie Mac would still require an appraisal, per agency rules. However, the new rule would apply to approximately 40% of home sales.
It’s simple math… the more people who see your listing, the greater the chances for a fair and timely sale of your property.
At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices we have one of the industry’s most comprehensive strategies for ensuring maximum exposure of a property to buyers searching in your area.
We also keep our sellers informed about current market trends by providing them with an overview of the competitive selling landscape. This helps you, the seller, make strategic pricing decisions to quickly sell your home at an agreeable price.
Here is what you get with our Seller Advantage:
Listing Presentation Report
Our Seller Advantage program gives you the information and decision-making tools throughout the home sale process. Here’s how… Our Listing Presentation Report will show you exactly how many potential buyers are searching a specific neighborhood for homes similar to yours.
Listing Activity Report
Then, once you’ve listed with me, a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network agent, you will get our Listing Activity Report. This details how many times your home has appeared in potential buyers’ search results and how many times your listing has been viewed.
Market Activity Report
Last, but not least, we offer a market activity report. Perhaps your not ready to sell, but would like a sense of buyer interest in your neighborhood and in homes like yours. The Market Activity Report will show you just how many people are searching in your neighborhood for a home like yours. You’ll gain specific market updates including new listings, price changes and status changes.
Such comprehensive information, combined with the global reach that only Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices can offer, will give you unmatched advantages when you list and sell your home.
Contact me to set up your free home evaluation now. Let me help you get the most money for your investment!