3 Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

Sellers who are financially strapped often have a hard time accepting that they’ll need to invest in preparing a house for sale even though they may sell for less than they paid. Fix-up costs can mount up; your Palm Springs real estate agent can help you prioritize so that you don’t waste money. It’s important to keep your goal in mind, which is to sell your house in a difficult market.

Today’s buyers are looking for turnkey homes. That is, they want to move right in without having to do a lot of work. Buyers with busy lifestyles pay a premium for listings that are in prime condition. Staging can make the difference between a listing selling or not, the time it takes to sell, and the ultimate sale price.

Recently, a home in Piedmont, Calif., an affluent city neighboring Oakland, came on the market in “as is” condition. It had been lived in for decades without much upgrading. Although located in a desirable area, the listing was vacant, dark and showed poorly. The sellers refused to do any work to improve its appeal.

After months on the market with no significant interest, the sellers pulled the house off the market and made improvements. The wall-to-wall carpet was pulled up to reveal hardwood floors that were then refinished. Painters lightened the interior and a professional stager was hired to bring in furniture, artwork, house plants and accessories. The listing was put back on the market with a fresh look and sold right away. 



What does it take to sell a house today?

When you really want to sell house, you need to think and act like a Real Estate agent. Most important, you must separate your emotional attachment to your family home from your financial interest in your family’s largest asset. Selling a house is business, and you must approach the sale in a businesslike manner.

  1. Spruce things up
  2. Consider selling house privately
  3. Get a good real estate agent
  4. Stage Right
  5. Hire a professional photographer
  6. Hold open house

Getting your house sold when the market is this tough isn’t going to be an easy prospect – but it can still be done.  Just follow the tips above, have a little bit of patience, and you’ll be well on your way to putting that sold sign in your front yard.

Have a tip for something you did that helped your home sell fast?  Tell us about it in the comments!


Tips for selling your home yourself


Beyond the sign you will put on your lawn, you should find effective ways to spread the word about your home. Local buyers can be reached through the newspaper, but this is only a small part of the market you are after. Be sure you include the many buyers who could already be working with a Realtor. To locate them, target as many top agents as possible in your market to see if the criteria of their buyers matche that of your homes. Because out-of town buyers are also an important target, you should create a strategy to reach these people as well.You might want to take a look at these websites to post your advertisement.

But remember, advertising doesn’t sell house, real estate agents do. A recent study by the NAR (National Association of Realtors) uncovered some interesting statistic estimates about 66% of buyers come from real estate  agents, only 8% of buyers come from advertisement. You might consider the fact that most buyers do use a real estate agent because it doesn’t cost them anything for the service (i.e. the seller pays the agent’s fee).

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Sometimes Even Best Homes Don’t Sell.

You had your home listed and didn’t sell. What went wrong?

1. Price

The first factor that can contribute to an expired listing is price. It is understandable that we all become attached to our homes. It is easy to believe emotionally that our home is best and worth way more than our neighbors home. Sometimes sellers and agents are testing to see how much they can sell for. But the wrong price will keep your home off of the sold list and eventually it will end up on the expired list.

2. Condition
Your dream home is not someone else’s dream home. Sometimes prospective buyers can’t visualize their possessions in your house or living there. You need to de-personalize your home before showings begin. We understand how buyers see your property, and have the skills to help you prepare your property to sell.

Don’t get discouraged! Don’t worry about the failure of first effort. You owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you’re NOT ready to sell house, we’ll be happy to meet you. There is never a charge for our consultation regarding the current market, the comparative studies to find the prices that other similar homes in your neighborhood have been selling for, or how we might best market your home to obtain the very best price from a potential buyer.