How To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Presentation is Everything

 Realtors agree there is no question.

Home Sellers,Staging to Sell,Rosemary Joles,Inman News,Simplify Staging and Redesign,Twenty years ago, Laura, one of my friends, and I were planning some refreshments for a get together. We talked about cookies and chips and the usual fare. Then to my surprise she mentioned serving oranges. “Oranges?” I said, doubtful that anyone would be interested in something so basic. She laughed and said that people will eat anything if it is presented properly. We cut them up into attractive wedges that were easy to eat. Well, she was right. The oranges were a hit. The only thing needed was the right presentation.

Homes are a bit like those oranges. When we show a home to a prospective buyer, we want to show that home in its best possible light. A home should feel like a good fit from the moment the buyer walks in the door. We only have one opportunity for that first impression.

Remember how expensive home purchases can be. An updated home looks very appealing when one knows the budget is going be tight for a while afterward. As sellers, we want to use tried and true methods that will draw the buyer in, and hiring a stager is money well spent.

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Statistics show that staged homes sell faster. In a recent study done by the Association of Staging Professionals ASP, the data says staged homes sell 83% faster. Staged homes also sell for more money. The same study said 6.9% more money. That doesn’t take into consideration monthly mortgage fees and insurance that the seller is also paying while their home sits on the market. Staging a home costs less than your first price reduction.

An important aspect for sellers to consider is the competition. What do competing properties in their neighborhood offer? Bernice Ross, a writer for Inman News, has an outstanding article entitled Sell your sellers on staging.

She lists some of key things for sellers to consider in preparing their homes for sale. Apart from being a Real Estate Industry leader and author, Bernice recently sold her own home in one day with the help of stagers and the competition was tough. Read her article link.

 

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Before Staging

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After Staging

Guest Blogger is Rita Mailheau of Simplify Staging and Redesign

 


 

Tips on how to make your home sell-able

 

Great advice for people who are looking to sell – Stage it Green Using the 4C’s

 

The Four C’s

Did you know that staged homes statistically sell 87% than unstaged homes? I am posting an article, written by a colleague, that will give sellers some pointers to help get their home in tip top shape to sell FAST.

Clutter – whether you are staging to sell or just to live, your home is a haven. When you remove unnecessary items and either dispose of them or just properly store them, your home will make a huge jump forward in the peacefulness quotient.

Clean – Deep cleaning is another way to give your home an inviting quality. Nobody wants to walk into a dirty room. Cleanliness will freshen your home. Clean grout and sparkling windows makes future upkeep on a prospective home seem effortless.

Color – soft, light, and neutral colors consistently placed throughout your home will give it a light, airy aesthetic.

Creative– stretch your decorating dollars by repurposing things you already have or can buy inexpensively.

For more tips on successfully staging your home, read the entire article linked above. For staging services, contact Simplify at simplifysandiego@gmail.com.

 


 

Must Read Before Painting!

 Great Tips To Get Your Home Ready To Sell Fast…

 

Painting your San Diego HomeSpringtime is the best time to give a home a fresh coat of paint, according to the Paint Quality Institute. “By painting in moderate weather, you’ll likely get a longer-lasting paint job,” says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute. Zimmer says that exterior painting is best to do when temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but not when it gets too hot. “Very hot days can cause the paint to dry too quickly and impair good paint film formation,” she notes.

Some more tips for exterior painting from Zimmer:

1. Paint in the shade and avoid painting in direct sunshine. Sunlit surfaces can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than the air temperature.

2. Don’t paint when it’s too windy. Wind can cause latex paint to dry too quickly as well as cause dust and other contaminates to imbed in the paint, possibly creating a surface ripe for mildew, Zimmer says.

3. Avoid the rain. Wait for another day if it’s rained within the last 24 hours. If several days of rain is forecast, postpone your painting for several days until a rain-free week.

4. Prime the surface. Apply a coat of primer to any new surface that has never been painted, or spot-prime areas where paint has worn away, Zimmer suggests.

5. Don’t skimp on paint. Use top quality 100 percent acrylic latex paint. It’s durable, flexible, colorfast, and can often last 10 years or more compared to ordinary paint, Zimmer says. To make the paint last even longer, apply at least two coats–a coat of primer and coat of paint, or two coats of house paint, she adds.

6. Don’t postpone painting. Postponing painting the exterior of a home that is long overdue can actually cause damage to a home. Exposed wood can begin to rot and other types of exterior siding also can suffer when the paint starts to wear off, Zimmer says.

 


Giving your home Curb Appeal  

                                 ~ One Step at a Time…

 

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No matter the asking price, simple curb appeal changes can set the scene to immediately attract buyers to a property. Data shows that a majority of homebuyers look at properties online or drive by before contacting an agent. As a result, the exterior of the property is always a major selling point.

The decision to buy starts when the prospects step out of their car in front of the property. Prospects will immediately imagine what their friends and family will think when they drive up.

Over the next number of weeks, Simplify is going to feature steps that a homeowner can take to show their home at its greatest advantage.

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Weed, Trim, Mow…

If you are in the process of selling or what to bring immediate improvement, this is where to start.

Lawns should be mowed and edged for neatness. If you are super busy, and don’t have time for this, lawn services can be reasonable. Have them come by every two weeks and just touch things up when it rains a lot.

Lop off branches of overgrown trees and shrubs. Check on line or with the specialist at your garden center. If branches rub the house or a tree is too thick and needs to be tamed, it will give you home a well cared for look.

Weeds should be tackled as well. If you have let this go, plan a Saturday morning before the sun is too high to tame sections of your flowerbeds and lawn. Spreading weed-guard and covering with wood chips or rock is another way to control grow-back.

This simple fix can go a long way in improving the overall appearance of your home and getting your property sold.

 


 

Giving your home Curb Appeal… Part 2

 

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We only have one opportunity to make a good first impression

The decision to buy starts when the prospects step out of their car in front of the property. Prospects will immediately imagine what their friends and family will think when they drive up. Virginia blogger, Kimberly McMahon

This is week two in the Simplify series to help homeowners show their home at its greatest advantage.

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Clear the Yard

I almost want to laugh at this one–but not in a haughty way. Most of us can relate. We get busy. At times we develop tunnel vision. Take a step back and really look at your space. Have things been left out? Take some time and put things away. Throw trash out. Items that belong in the garage, like empty flowerpots or gardening tools, should go there. This simple key will keep your yard looking neat and up to date.

Sometimes a simple detail like unwinding and then rewrapping the gardening hose can make a huge difference. Removing visual noise and confusion is the key.

Diagnostic

Take a walk around the block. Look at other people’s homes. I know I have a few favorites in my neighborhood. Some people really know how to do this, don’t they? Now go home and look at yours. I hope you are not saying ouch! But even if you are, this next key can really separate the kids from the pros.

Give yourself permission to trash things

Maybe you have some scrap wood that you were going to use for a project but never got around to it. Things like that lying around your property are a turnoff to prospective buyers. Sell it on Craigslist or give it to a friend.

When you are looking to sell, you want the buyers to feel like life just got a whole lot easier if they buy your home—NOT like their “to do” list just got a whole lot longer.

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Visual confusion can be removed by sorting through things, putting like items together in a pleasing arrangement. I remember a baker’s shelf I once had in my backyard. Whenever I took the time to dust off the implements and stack pots and other items, it added harmony to the space. When I didn’t the area looked sloppy.

This simple fix can go a long way in improving the overall appearance of your home and getting your property sold.

Guest Blogger is Rita Mailheau of Simplify Staging and Redesign

For help staging your home or building some curb appeal, go to www.simplifysd.com, or email her at Simplify at rita@simplifysd.com.

 

 


 

What buyers are looking for…

 

 Modern StyleFirst on the What’s Hot List is the Modern house. Modern makes sense to the green and practicality conscious buyer. Besides that, focus on big, light admitting windows give an indoor-melds-with-outdoor feel. To blend into the surroundings, architects are going hybrid.

Neo-Mediterranean is next. The rustic elements of Spanish or Tuscan architecture work well in the South and Southwestern climate.

The Craftsman is still a favorite and is big in the North. These gems are cozy and charming all rolled into one.What Buyers are Looking for

What’s Not List includes the over sized McMansion. They are not energy efficient and overshadow surrounding homes.Well-designed Mansions on properly sized lots and the right setting are still in demand.

Ranch Style homes with split-levels are considered outdated. And lastly, the timeless Victorian, though charming in appearance are difficult to rehabilitate and maintain. 

 


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