In part one we discussed some essential tips for selling your house quickly and for more money. If you missed it, you can check it out here. Now let’s dive into part two!
Clean It Like You Mean It
Pretend that someone very important is coming over. Clean everything. Remove as much clutter as possible to show the house’s full space. Don’t just clear out the floor, either—if you’ve got overstuffed bookshelves, remove some of the books and knickknacks. Move some clothes from closets and put them in storage boxes stacked neatly in the garage. Clear the counters of dish racks and coffee mugs. Always keep your house as clean as possible because a potential buyer could look at your house at any time.
You want to show buyers the house’s potential by freeing up space so they can picture their own stuff where yours used to be. It’s that much easier for the buyer if your stuff isn’t there in the first place. You’ll also want to pack up family photos. The buyer wants to imagine themselves and their family in their house—not yours, even though it’s still yours. Which leads us to…
Vacate the Premises
Having shown buyers thousands of properties over the years, we can tell you that their biggest pet peeve, by far, is a seller that hovers around the house while they’re looking at the house. It’s understandable that you love your house and want to point out special features, but you also want to sell it, right? So don’t let a negative comment sour you toward a buyer. Likewise, remove the opportunity for a buyer to get uncomfortable in your house because you’re around, making them feel like they can’t express their opinions. Your agent is a neutral third party and is trained to deal with concerns and criticism professionally. Take that time to grab some coffee or do some shopping. We promise we’ll pass along the feedback we get.
Hire a Professional Photographer
As a client of Pam & Barry’s Team, this is something you won’t have to worry about because we take care of it for you. We believe better photos attract more potential buyers, which could result in a quicker sale for more money. You’ll never see hastily shot photos from a cell phone of a point-and-shoot camera from us. We understand the necessity of showing your house in the best possible light, so we insist on hiring only experienced professional photographers to shoot your property. In fact, we’re one of the only offices in the area that do so.
Work on Your Curb Appeal
If your house had an online dating profile, its curb appeal would be its profile photo: it’s the first thing anyone with any interest sees. And while a professional photographer will take a photo of your front yard in its best light, they can only work with what they’ve got. A professional landscaper can be too costly, but just putting in the effort to water, mow your lawn, and trim your hedges can be enough to charm your buyer before they ever step inside. If you don’t have a colorful (and well-maintained) flowerbed, consider picking up some potted flowers at a house improvement store to brighten things up a bit. And curb appeal isn’t limited to flowers and green grass. Something as easy as a new coat of paint on the front door can make your house look like new, too.
Consider Staging Your House
This one is a nice-but-not-critical option. Staging your house will certainly make it look its best, but it won’t be cheap. According to realtor.com, most professional stagers cost “$300 to $600 for an initial design consultation and $500 to $600 per month per room.” That’s because stagers bring in various types of furnishings, from art to curtains, to make your house look like it belongs in an Ethan Allen catalog. In addition, some house stagers require a three-month contract regardless of how fast you sell your house. So even if you sell within 21 days, you’ll get a bill priced as if it sat for 90.
If you want to stage your house but can’t afford the price tag, consider renting furniture short-term. But be mindful of the cost. If you rent enough furniture to stage your entire house and the house doesn’t sell quickly, your expense could easily get out of hand.
A great low-cost/no-cost option is to check with friends, family, and neighbors to see if they’re currently storing any furniture they would be willing to let you use. This could potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If you’re able to take advantage of this option, make sure the furniture looks like it belongs together so you have a cohesive look. It’s also a good idea to keep a list of what furniture you got from whom, and don’t forget to take pictures of the furniture when you get it so you can document its condition.
We hope these tips take some of the stress out of the house-selling process for you. Remember, an experienced, professional real estate agent can make the difference between a house that sells quickly and one that languishes on the market. If you’re thinking of selling your house in Lawton/Fort Sill, Cache, Elgin, or Medicine park, or if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. We’d love to talk with you!