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Stage Your Home To Sell with Free Help From Robb & Stucky

Staging Your home to SellWe all can agree that the most important decision you can make when selling your home is pricing it to sell.  The price determines whether your home sells or sits on the market.  However, the next important factor after pricing is appearance.  A well designed, functional home where home buyers can easily see themselves living in your home will move off the market fast and for the right price.  Before you list your home for sale with a Realtor® or even if it is already listed and not selling, take inventory of the appearance of your home.

Start at the curb and make sure your lawn is neatly trimmed, any debris and unnecessary items are removed, fill bare rock gardens, paint worn doors must be freshly painted.  Make it look as fresh as your budget allows.  Inside the home all clutter must be removed, excess furniture, pictures, ornaments.  Keep it clean and simple.  This is not the time to display an abundance of personal photos.  Home buyers need to visualize themselves in your home.  Personal photos and items can distract tremendously.  CLEAN your home.  Homes with years of dust, grime in tile grout, layers of dirt around light switches, doors, etc. is a huge turn off to home buyers.  They will not see past the dirt and grime.  They will walk in and right back out.  It doesn’t matter how well priced that home is.  Filth and odor is a turn off!

Next, take into consideration at how functional your home is with the contents within it.  A client and I were viewing some homes yesterday.  One home was vacant and left us feeling uneasy and seemed disjointed.  It just didn’t flow.  When we went to the second home, we found a huge difference.  It was the same floor plan, but having been filled with furniture it really helped improve the flow of the home.  Each room of your home has a purpose and should be staged appropriately to not cause confusion or leaving buyers feeling uncomfortable.

A great way to learn more about staging your home is to visit designer showrooms.  But, before I go any further, I need to explain how home staging differs from interior design before all the professional home stagers come after me for confusing the two.  Staging your home is not the same as designing your home.  Home staging is designing your home to sell.  You are designing for the general buyer not yourself or your family.  An interior designer helps you to design your home to your tastes and needs.  However, I do think as a someone selling their home, you can learn a great deal from the world of interior design on how to take what you have and arrange it to where your home is pleasing and functional for it’s purpose to sell.

I also believe in using all the resources available to you.  One resource is at Robb & Stucky.  The designer showroom off of PGA Boulevard offers free seminars throughout the year.  Take advantage of what the seminars have to offer.  You can take the opportunity to discuss your situation with one of their designers.  You may even take away some ideas for your future home!

If you find you need the services of a professional home stager, call or email me.  I can lead you to some great professionals in the area.

Susanne Quirk is a Realtor® with Cobblestone Realty specializing in residential homes in Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact Susanne at (561) 386-0350, e-mail, or visit our website www.TheJunoBeachRealtor.com to learn more.

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Selling Your Home In 30 Days

sold.jpgBy Joe Quirk

Barbara Corcoran was on the Today Show recently with tips to Sell Your Home In 30 Days.  Some good tips to help homeowners focus on the important factors when selling their home and one very misleading tip that I would not recommend.  

1. Go online and shop for your own house.Most homeowners start their research online and that is a great start.  It gives you an understanding of where you are at in the market.  Many sites like Realtor.com, Trulia, and Zillow will allow you to search for current listing for selling prices and prices of recent homes sold.

2.  Find the least expensive 5 houses like yours and price it 5% below those prices.  I find this recommendation to be nothing more than media fluff.  It sounds great to the masses, but this is not a common strategy used among Realtors®.  Current selling prices won’t necessarily place you in the ball park for what the buying market is demanding.  It’s not what the houses are selling for, but what the houses have sold for, when they sold and other factors in the market that determine your selling price. 

We are in a very different market that is changing rapidly.  Pricing a home based on homes sold two months ago may lead you in the wrong direction.  Sellers vary in their reasons for pricing their homes and in a down market it is usually priced high.  Take considerable time in discussing the sale price of your home with your Realtor®.  It is a primary factor on the success of the sale of your home.  Following the advise of your Realtor® will increase the chances of selling your home. 

3.  Get rid of the clutter.  Envision when you walk through a model home.  What do you see?  It is functional – the furniture has a purpose.  Aunt Mary’s extra sofa isn’t sitting in the dining room.  There are pictures, but very few.  As Barbara mentioned,  buyers need to imagine themselves living in your home.  Get rid of the excess family pictures.  You may want to replace picture collections with  framed prints that accent the colors and furniture in your home.  Get rid of all papers.  Go through your closets and store extra linens, etc. elsewhere.

4.  Make your home look picture perfect like a model home.  Provide plenty of light throughout your home.  Buyers purchase homes that have plenty of lighting because it makes your home seem bigger and brighter. 

5.  Clean your home.  Replace old shower curtains and  put fresh towels in your bathrooms.  If you have children, have your Realtor® show your home by appointment only to help relieve the pressure of keeping everything in order all the time.  Hire a cleaning crew if you cannot do the job yourself and always make sure that your home smells inviting. Light a few scented candles and if you have pets, make sure that those odors are eliminated prior to showings

6.  Hire a killer Broker.  At the end of the day, what will get your house seen will be its exposure to the buying market. Your Realtor® will have the ability to show your home to more people in less time than if you try to sell it by yourself. That’s not to say some homeowners don’t sell their homes on their own, but that type of transaction is more probable in a “seller’s market” than the market we are in today.

If your want to sell your house, consider these tips but always contact a Realtor® to represent you .  Feel free to contact us for more information on who may best represent you.

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