The national average time for an American house to sit on the market before being finally sold is 68 days. There are however, a number of factors specific to your local area and particular to your house that also affect the time it takes for you to sell your house. Factors such as, whether it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? Or whether your particular house has required repair works? Or the price you’ve quoted. Notwithstanding the significance of all of these factors, there are things that can be done to help you sell your house quickly.
So, you’ve listed your house and are waiting for the offers. Then comes the all-important stage of home inspection. That’s when your prospective buyers survey the property and make their decision.
The maxim, “the first impression is the last impression” is often thrown around meaninglessly, but applies here in its entirety. A house that has been staged well for prospective buyers is known to spend 73% less time sitting on the market unsold.
The primary function of staging is to make the house more appealing to the visiting prospective buyer. It allows them to visualize their dream house as they survey your property, and this impacts their decision making to a great extent. Staging allows you to add subtle touches of appeal to your property and highlight its genuinely strong features to prospective buyers.
Below, we have compiled a list of staging tips that will help you sell your house quickly.
Remember the thing about the first impressions? Often, the prospective buyer just drives by your house first before even deciding if it is even worth a visit. The curb appeal should be strong enough to help such a window shopper make that decision. You can enhance that curb appeal if you:
A few simple tips can turn your house into an enticing piece of property luring in prospective buyers.
A clean doormat saying “welcome” may not be subtle, but seems to work. Add a few plant pots with some flowers in them and some porch furniture if you have enough room. Keep the porch lit in the evenings by adding some solar lights to give it that welcoming and “homely” feel.
This cannot be stressed enough. This is the vital-most step in staging and probably the cheapest. Turn your inner neat freak on and scrub your property inside and out to put your its best face forward. From the kitchen counters and the floor and windows to every nook and corner of the bathroom, make sure you don’t leave anything out. Consider professional assistance if you have a big house.
It is another cheap and effective way of making your property look appealing. Get rid of every unnecessary item that gives your house an unclean and stuffed appearance. This will make your house seem roomier, aesthetically appealing as well as allow its best features to be highlighted.
Some of the areas to focus on while de cluttering would be:
This step is extremely significant. The whole idea of staging revolves around making it possible for the prospective buyer to visualize his or her dream property, not yours! So take off that entire collection of childhood posters from the walls, remove that quirky furniture that you like just because, and hide your trophies in the basement.
Besides cluttering the place, these personal tales strewn across the property can end up distracting the visitor from noticing the truly amazing features of your property.
If there is one furniture item that takes centre stage when it comes to staging, it is the dining table. The dining table can potentially turn a property into a home if done right and that goes on to aid that visualization process for the client. Remove most other furniture and let the dining table sit there in its rightful place. Bring in your best linen or flatware, adorn the table with some flowers and scented candles. Keep things simple and minimalistic by keeping only two chairs.
While the house sets the tone for the sale, staging the backyard can cue the visitors on how well you have maintained the property. Start by getting it cleaned. If there’s a courtyard, then get it polished anew. Hang a hammock by the trees and place a round lawn table close by with a wine glass and a book on top. This again, will help the potential buyer visualize spending time in the place.
Prospective buyers might want to take a peek inside those closets and this is often a major deal breaker. So use this knowledge to your advantage and make sure that your closets are not overflowing with your laundry or any other items you thought were best kept in the closets and away from the visitors. Get a few more boxes to stuff your items in and hide them away in the basement. Buyers would want to see spacious closets, so give them that by keeping at least 30% to 40% of your closets vacant.
Sensory cues are extremely powerful marketing tools. When you’re marketing your house to sell it quickly, make use of scented candles or very subtle air fresheners to make the visitors leave with a lasting sensory memory of your place. This will help put your house on top of their consideration set when they are deciding between their options.
All in all, these powerful staging tips will go a long way in helping you sell your house quickly. If you’re in the process of selling your house, you can make it swifter and easier with all the specialist help that you’ll get with us.