Stage Your Home for a Faster Sale
Looking to upgrade you Plattsburgh home? If so, there are some things you need to consider before you make an offer on the house of your dreams.
First, you need to make sure your offer is contingent upon the sale of your current Plattsburgh home. Otherwise, you could find yourself carrying two mortgage payments until your first house sells. Plattsburgh Real Estate sale contingencies are common in the Plattsburgh housing market and shouldn’t stand in the way of getting that dream house. Your Plattsburgh real estate agent can advise you on how to add a home sale contingency.
Next, you need to prepare your home for a fast sale. The Plattsburgh real estate market can be tough. Some houses sell practically overnight. Others sit on the market for months. Proper staging can help put your house in that first group. In fact, according to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that are properly staged before they go on the market sell an average of 73% faster than non-staged homes.
What is staging?
Staging is preparing your home for sale. Despite America’s fascination with Home Improvement reality shows, most home buyers still have a hard time seeing beyond what is right in front of them. As a seller, it’s your job to help them see exactly how your Plattsburgh home can work for them. To do that, you need to think like a home buyer…which should be easy, since you’re in the process of buying new Plattsburgh home too.
To maximize your staging efforts, follow these helpful tips:
Fix any obvious flaws
Are there holes in your walls from old family photos? Run to Lowes and get some hole filler and some touch-up paint. It will cost you $5 and take about ten minutes, and it could make the different between perspective home buyers seeing your house as the perfect home or a falling-apart dump.
If there are any other renovation projects you’ve been meaning to get to, now’s the time to do them. Most Plattsburgh home buyers are looking for live-in ready homes. Even something as small as a leaky faucet may turn them off. Or worse, get them thinking of your home as a fixer-upper, which will mean a much lower offer.
Get rid of you
That bright orange accent wall may go perfect with your jet black modern art sculpture, but most Plattsburgh families are looking for neutral tones that they can make their own. Yes, they could always paint the wall; but then again, so could you. If your Plattsburgh house is too much a reflection of your style, home buyers may have a hard time picturing themselves in it. So paint your wild walls, take down your outlandish curtains, and remove your deer head from the den. Pack up anything that screams you and put it in storage until you move to your new Plattsburgh home.
Make your Plattsburgh home looked lived in (but not too lived in)
If you’ve already moved out of your current house, rent some furniture and fill your house with the essential pieces: beds, a couch, stands, and a kitchen table. Plattsburgh home buyers want to see how the space can be used. An empty living room may look small, but seeing how a couch and TV stand fit in there can help give it a spacious feel.
Make sure to get furniture that fits the space. If your living room is 12’ x 12’ and you put in an enormous sectional sofa, the room will look tiny and cramped. On the other hand, if you have a 20’ x 20’ living room and all you put in there is a tiny loveseat, it’s going to look both ridiculous and too big to fill. The same goes if you’re still living in the home – make sure your furniture fits the space. If you can barely squeeze between your dining room table and that massive hutch along the wall, put the hutch in storage.
Now that your home looks lived in, clean it up! If your rooms are cluttered, the walls are dirty, or your refrigerator is covered in so many magnets it’s impossible to tell whether it’s stainless steel or avocado green, Plattsburgh home buyers are going to question the state of things they can’t see. If you can’t be bothered to pick clothes off the floor before a showing, what are the chances you’ve kept your furnace regularly serviced?
Staging isn’t just something you do before a showing. Staging has to happen before your real estate agent walks through the door. Most people start shopping for Plattsburgh real estate online, so if your photos aren’t properly staged, chances are you won’t have too many opportunities to show it off in person.
One last thing
Before you start shopping for your Plattsburgh dream home, make sure to get pre-approved for a Plattsburgh mortgage. That way there won’t be any surprises after all your staging work pays off!
Plattsburgh Mortgage can help.
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