When a Real Estate Professional from Keller Williams The Trembley Group in Myrtle Beach meets with a seller, the same question inevitably comes up. They always ask a variation of, “What little things – things that won’t cost a lot of money – can I do to help make my home show better to potential buyers and sell for top dollar?”
Countless studies show that most people who set out on their home-buying journey end up making their final decision almost purely based on emotion, not logic. They may start the process, knowing the number of bedrooms they need or the price they can afford to pay. But in the end, most people buy on a gut feeling. And where does that feeling come from? Usually, it’s the house they can envision being their home. It’s what makes them feel warm and fuzzy when they cross the threshold. It’s the house that creates the best atmosphere for the buyer.
For a seller, that means staging a house is vital! Having a well-staged home will not only help sell the house faster, but it will also help it sell for top dollar. A lot of people think professional staging is expensive and not worth the money, but a good staging company can do wonders. However, a seller doesn’t have to spend a small fortune.
The Keller Williams The Trembley Group Realtors have reached a consensus of these five little-known but common sense staging tips that will help sell a Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand home quickly and for top dollar. These inexpensive staging tips seem to persuade the most buyers.
- Landscaping and First Impressions
Who hasn’t heard about first impressions and curb appeal? Every buyer makes a first judgment based on a home’s exterior. Buyers drive by a home and decide if they want to go inside. That means there should be a fresh-cut mowed yard, hedges should be trimmed up, and plants should be kept hydrated. Trees should also be trimmed, so they aren’t hitting the house. If necessary, the house should be power-washed. A seller shouldn’t overlook the little things either. Door handles should be clean and polished. A new mailbox with nice looking house numbers and a welcome mat should greet potential homebuyers at the door. A lovely potted plant on the front stoop won’t hurt.
For many Keller Williams The Trembley Group Realtors, this is a favorite Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand staging tips for selling a home quickly and for the maximum price. As hard as the Real Estate professionals try to avoid it, when selling a home, last-minute showings are pretty normal. It’s crucial to tidy-up before leaving the house every day. The pillows should be on the couch, and the bed should be made and tidy. Folding up blankets and opening the blinds will make the home look brighter and more inviting. Laundry should be out of sight and put away. And no one wants to see a sink full of dirty dishes.
Every light bulb should be in working order. When potential buyers walk through a home, they’ll most likely turn on all the lights. Low lighting doesn’t make the best impression. And it’s amazing what some natural light can do to brighten up a space. Allow the sun to shine through and open the shades and draw back the curtains. Some sellers have even used the trick of increasing the wattage in lighting fixtures. A general rule of thumb is to increase 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Some sellers have installed under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen. Many buyers responded positively, and many sellers believe this extra, inexpensive feature helped sell their home.
- Staging versus Vacant Homes
One of the Keller Williams The Trembley Group Professional Realtor’s staging tips is often overlooked. Staged homes show better versus vacant ones. Buyers imagine themselves living in a home when they have an idea of what the previous owners did with a space. This is particularly true when a home has odd areas that leave some people wondering how to use those spaces. So ideally, it is best to list and sell a home while still living there. If that’s not possible, one of the Keller Williams The Trembley Group Real Estate Professionals recommend leaving a couple of key, unique furniture pieces for staging purposes!
- Follow Your Realtor’s Advice
Sellers should remember that Keller Williams The Trembley Group Realtors are full-time, committed professionals. They sell houses every day for a living and are very knowledgeable about how to sell a home. Their advice to sellers with questions? ASK THEM! They believe the old cliché, “The only dumb question is the one not asked.” Selling a home quickly and for top dollar is their top priority. Their job is to advise their clients to make their dream come true by selling their home quickly and for top dollar.
Following these five simple staging tips will have buyers making full-price offers in no time!
At Keller Williams The Trembley Group, we pride ourselves on being the experts at more than just selling real estate. We are local residents, some of us have been here for a lifetime. The rest of us will be here until the end of time. We love living, working, and playing in the diverse backyard of Coastal Carolina, and look forward to helping you live and love your dreams soon too. Please reach out to us by phone or email for personalized service and one-on-one advice.