Friday Focus To stage or not the stage…that is the question When selling a home, the first introduction potential buyers have are the pictures they see on their favorite real estate app or website. Therefore, sellers need to make a good first impression. While having a cluttered home can deter people from calling their agent to set up a showing, so can having an empty home. When buyers tour your home, there are two feelings you want them to not have 1. “oh my gosh there is so much stuff, I can’t see myself living here” and 2. “there’s so much empty space, I have no idea how I would arrange my furniture.” This is where a home stager comes in. Not only can they take your empty space and turn it into a warm and inviting home that buyers will want to write a contract on same day, they can also take a home that is already furnished, rearrange furniture and décor, designate items to be placed in storage, and add accents or additional pieces of furniture if needed to make the space more inviting. Want more information about home staging? I will be more than happy to make a recommendation of a stager based on your needs. Contact me directly at 443-386-3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Before listing your home, consider these repairs that will pay dividends at the settlement table: When preparing your home for the market, sellers often ask “should I make any repairs, and if so, which ones?” It can be overwhelming to know where to start and where to stop when making repairs pre-listing. No one wants to shell out a huge chunk of money to get their home looking pristine and you don’t have to. Here are the top five improvements to make that will give you the most bang for your buck: 1. Scratched hardwoods, fraying carpet, broken tile: Have the carpet replaced or the hardwoods refinished before listing. Another option is to have a pre-finished hardwood or laminate wood flooring installed to give the space a fresh new look and have buyers cooing “ooh, ahh” as they walk in rather than “yikes!” 2. Got water stains? If you have had previous plumbing issues that have been repaired but have left unsightly water stains on the ceiling, have the ceilings repaired and painted. Buyers do not want to see potential plumbing issues when looking for their first or next home. 3. Fix torn screens: Fixing tears or holes in window screens is a quick and inexpensive repair that will give the home much greater curb appeal as potential buyers are making their first impression of the house. 4. Freshen up the kitchen: A full kitchen renovation isn’t necessary to make it look updated and inviting. Consider painting wood cabinets, replacing hardware, installing countertops, or purchasing new appliances. A small kitchen facelift will go a long way. 5. Pets run amuck? If you have four-legged family members who have enjoyed scratching walls or chewing on trim, take the time to buff out the scuffs of our furry friends.