3 Rules That Can Make or Break a Home Sale

Ready to sell your house this spring or summer? While you might not think so, there is a lot more to it than simply putting a ‘for sale’ sign in your yard. Alas, times have changed and it’s just not that simply any more.

Here are three rules to follow that can make or break your home sale:

  1. Price It to Sell: Don’t come out of the gate with a crazy price or one that’s not inline with the market. Work with your realtor and settle on a price that makes sense — avoid going over asking price. Aim for market price or even a bit below. Starting out with a great price from the onset could make all the difference in how quickly your home sells.
  2. Crank Up Marketing: Don’t just expect the ‘Field of Dreams’ plan of action to work when it comes to selling a home. You need to do more than just put it out there to catch the attention of prospective buyers. Work with your realtor to use all the resources available — from social media and video tours to the more traditional open houses and home listings. If you want them to come, then you have to tell them you’re there!
  3. Set the Stage: While your home decor could very well be something right out of Better Homes and Gardens, you want to create an environment that appeals to prospective homebuyers. Invest in professional home staging. This process will create a feel that shows your home in the best light while creating a feeling and design that is most likely to appeal to more home buyers.

Ready to prepare your home and get it on the market for this year’s top selling season? Contact me today and let me guide you from listing to sale!

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!