It’s spring, the official high light of the real estate season. Spring is a time for change and new beginnings. Even in my own neighborhood, as I’m sure you have also noticed in yours, For Sale signs have been popping up one or two a day like wildflowers. Historically speaking, April through July are the busiest months in the home buying and selling world, which means lots of inventory for buyers to choose from and lots of competition for sellers. Buyers have to move fast with the best offer if they want the home of their dreams and sellers have to price their home competitively and staging it just right to attract buyers.
Staging your home for sale will highlight the advantages of your home that might otherwise get overlooked by home-buyers if hidden by clutter, dirt, and grime. I once showed a house that was so full of clutter and boxes that the buyer was so distracted by the mess that they did not even notice the beautiful bay window in the family room. To say the least, my buyers were so turned off by the clutter in that house they did not even consider it as a potential option. When buyers have many options to choose from this spring, why give them a reason to look elsewhere? Staging your home before listing has two major benefits, one is fewer days on the market and the other is higher selling price. What’s not to love about that? A friend of mine recently had their home for sale. Prior to listing they hired a professional staging company to help prepare their home and it was on the market for only a week!
There are many key areas to focus your staging efforts that will require nothing more than a little sweat equity. I have been witness to one such area which can become a huge red flag to home buyers: grimy bathroom walls and shower doors. Yuck! No one likes to see a grimy shower door when they are searching for a new home. After all, who likes to think about the dirt and germs of the people who are living in the home they are potentially considering buying for themselves, especially in the most personal room in the house? A little water and bleach mixture and good old-fashioned elbow grease, along with a fresh coat of paint gives the bathroom a clean fresh feeling. Luckily, cleaning the shower door can also be easy to clean with a steel wool pad and a bleach mixture. Nothing says clean and free from germs like the smell of bleach!
Of course, in your staging efforts don’t forget to get rid of clutter, depersonalize your home, deodorize your carpets from pet smells, let the sun shine in, and pack away unnecessary items and furniture taking up valuable space, all of which will show off the full potential of your home. When in doubt on what you should focus on in your home, consult your Realtor® who can most likely offer some pointers.
While shopping for your current home, did a particular home standout because it was well cleaned, uncluttered or professionally staged? Prior to selling or renting your previous home did you go the DIY route or hire a staging expert? Leave a comment and share this post on Facebook, don’t forget to tag Real Property Management.
Emily Schmidt is a Sibcy Cline REALTOR® from Beavercreek, Ohio. She has helped clients in both the Dayton and Cincinnati areas find their dream home and sell their current property. Emily can be reached by phone at 937-409-6337 or by email at email@example.com.
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