Selling a Home: Your Home’s First Impression

home stagingWhen it comes to selling your home, there is more to it than simply connecting with a licensed Mississippi real estate agent and popping a For Sale sign in your front yard.  If you want to compete with other houses and draw in prospective homebuyers, then you need to up your curb appeal and home staging game.

Remember how your mom used to tell you about how important it is to make a good first impression?  Well, this is one of those times!  You will only get one shot to impress and draw-in homebuyers, so make sure you’re putting your home’s best foot forward.

Sell a Home: Curb Appeal

Your home’s first impression is its curb appeal — you want your home to be inviting and welcoming from the moment a potential buyer pulls up to the curb.  Remember, you only get one shot to engage with them enough that they’ll want to come in and take a tour, so make sure you put your best foot forward.

Here are a few great ways to create engaging curb appeal:

  • Step one is to tidy up the yard.  Rake up any leaves or branches, remove dead or dying plants from the beds and replace them with fresh seasonal flowers, and mow the yard.
  • Remove excess clutter from the front porch, but leave elements that give a warm and inviting appearances like chairs for sitting, a small table, and a couple of potted plants.
  • The next step is to spruce up the exterior of the house.  By that, we mean the siding, paint, and gutters.  Replace or repair broken pieces and patch openings.
  • Finally, give your windows a good cleaning on both the exterior and interior of your house.

Sell a Home: Home Staging

To give potential buyers that ‘ahhhhhhhh’ moment when they walk through the door, make sure your home staging is on point!  Follow these tips to create the perfect setting:

  • Clear out the clutter by packing away any items that could detract from a potential homebuyer imagining the home as their own — we’re talking pictures, kid’s toys and artwork.  You might also consider decluttering shelves, stashing jewelry and toiletry items in drawers, and ensuring that your bathroom is pristine.
  • You want to make each room appear as spacious as you can, so start by removing and storing furniture that isn’t a necessity.  Another trick to making a room appear bigger is to roll up area rugs and rearrange the furniture that is left to create a more intimate, cozy setting.
  • The next step to perfect home staging is to stay as neutral as possible — and of course, we’re talking paint colors.  Painting is a quick fix that will freshen up the appearance of your home’s interior. Keeping things neutral, like a soft grey or beige color, will help support the buyer’s imagination of what the house could look like if they purchase it.  Plus, the fresh coat of paint gives the appearance of being move-in ready!
  • And finally, create a sense of home and tranquility by setting the mood.  Leaving a plate of warm cookies (without nuts in case of food allergies) and a note will envoke a feeling of love and happiness, enhancing the buyer’s emotional connection to your home.  You can also play calming music in the background.

Have more questions on how to stage your home like a pro?  Contact me and I’ll help you create the perfect first impression!

 

Home Value: Estimate Before You Sell

Are you considering selling your home?  Before you start the process of putting your home on the market, do a quick home value estimate first.  A quick estimate will give you an idea of whether or not selling will give you a good enough return on your investment to make now the right time to sell.

Home value estimators also provide a great guide for bidding on a potential home you are interested in.  The estimator will give you an idea of what homes of similar value go for in the same area.  While your realtor will provide you with more information to use in your final offer, an estimator is a great first-line of reference during the process.

Here are two home value estimators I recommend:

Home Value Estimator by NerdWallet

Home Value Estimator by Chase

Once you have your home value estimate, contact me and let’s discuss optimal pricing and get started on the process of getting your home on the market!

 

Tips for Selling a House in Today’s Market

How to Sell a HouseWe are currently in a “seller’s market” where buyers are demanding homes, which makes now a great time to sell your home.  However, there is a lot more to selling a home than simply sticking a For Sale sign in your front yard.

The good news is that in this type of market, things move quickly.  The bad news is that in this type of market, things move quickly…so you must be prepared before you start fielding offers.

Here are a few tips to help get you ready to sell your home quickly in today’s housing market.

  1. Price Your Home to Move:  Traditional wisdom says to price your house with lots of extra wiggle room for haggling; however, in today’s market, this could price you out of consideration.  Homes are priced to move, so to prevent your house from being left behind to sit on the market indefinitely, price it to sell.
  2. Market Your Home: A sign out front isn’t enough.  Make sure you work with a real estate agent that will market your home.  Help get the message out yourself by sharing information on your own social media pages, like Facebook or Pinterest.  Also, give your realtor plenty of opportunities to show your home (in other words, don’t just consider one open house good enough to catch the attention of the right buyers in today’s marketplace).
  3. Set the Stage: Don’t cut corners when it comes to staging.  You might consider hiring someone to stage your house for you.  A professional stager knows how to create a mood that grabs buyers and sells homes quickly, making this splurge one that could make your home stand out and put you ahead of the other house options in the area.
  4. Make a Plan with Your Realtor: Sit down with your realtor and discuss how you plan on handling multiple offers before the process starts.  Determine what’s most important to you and advise your realtor on the types of offers you will most seriously consider.  This will allow your DeSoto County Realtor to prioritize offers and streamline the process.

Ready to start the process of selling your home?  Contact me and let’s get you sold!