Those Things You Have To Tell Buyers About Your Home

There are many different ways sellers can be involved in the lives of the people seeking to buy their house, and some ways are more intrusive than others. If you are a home seller and want to be very involved in the selling process with the buyers that have been chosen, you have the opportunity to let the new buyers in on the secrets of your home that might not have been clear in the advertisements or in their dealings with a realtor.

Some of the things about your house are good, and others aren’t so good. Depending on how long you’ve lived in the house you will know the ups and downs of this property more than anyone else, and it is up to your discretion to reveal these things to the potential buyers of your property. Put yourself in the buyers’ shoes- you wouldn’t want to buy a shiny new house and then find a cracked foundation, would you?

The basic rule of thumb in this situation is to treat the buyers as you’d like to be treated- seems simple, but in the rush to sell your home some things get neglected. Here are a few things you have to tell buyers about your home before any papers are signed.

Tell them all the great things about your neighborhood that you love. If you have kids or your neighbors have kids, tell them about the local ice cream places, local schools, and parks that the buyers may not know about. Moving is hard and for buyers with kids they are likely thinking very hard about how this move will affect their children. Put their mind at ease, but also be honest if there are any concerns you’ve had about your kids in the area.

Tell potential buyers if there are any quirks to your house. Sometimes inspectors and buyers don’t notice the loose latch on the attic door, or the slightly leaky skylight in the bathroom. Be honest about things that might need updating if you aren’t going to be the one doing those renovations yourself before the house is sold. Additionally, take the buyers on a tour of the property and point out any places where you might have dealt with old trees, power lines, rotting fence posts, and more.

Buyers will appreciate you giving them an inside look into what it takes to care for your house and property. Creating in their mind a realistic picture of what living in your house looks like will help them assess whether or not this situation is good for them. In this stage of the buying process it is better to be honest and choose the right buyer for your house rather than rush through a sale and disappoint the buyers with a housing situation they weren’t prepared for.

The information you choose to share with your property’s potential buyers is at your discretion, but be honest about the realities of your property both positive and negative.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Renting Furniture

Making the decision whether they should buy furniture or rent furniture for their home staging job, is really a challenge for home stagers. But for many, they buy new furniture when home-staging vacant homes and they just rent furniture for already furnished homes. One of my previous articles discussed the advantages and disadvantages of buying furniture for home staging, so this one will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of renting furniture based on what I have observed in my long career in the real estate business.

There are clear advantages of renting furniture. One is that you do not need a huge investment upfront to be able to rent furniture. Also, you do not have to transport it yourself to the home and this is an advantage for you because it gives you more time to do the real job-the home staging job. However, even there are these clear advantages, a lot of home staging experts do not prefer furniture rental. They often said that it is not “attractive.”

Disadvantages of furniture rental as according to a great number of home stager professionals and experts:

1. Furniture rental tends to be neutral, often blandly contemporary, and it is not a great way to find great furniture you have imagined to give the home an amazing look, because most of the time, the ones that you are looking for are not available from rental companies.

2. When it comes down to the cost, it is expensive because most companies who offer furniture rental require a 3-month minimum period. This means that after you reached the 3-month period, you will have to pay again for each furniture piece that you rented.

If we are going to compare buying furniture and furniture rental, buying somehow stands out because of the time it can give to homeowners (your clients) and it get to save them money by not restricting them to the three-month minimum contract. Buying though is expensive, but at least you get to keep the pieces you will buy for your home staging job. It is a one time payment so it will save you money.

In addition, when buying furniture, you get to choose each piece. You get to choose the designs and styles that appeal to you and keep them. No more paying for rent!

3. Limited choices. As I said earlier, you cannot find everything you like in furniture rental. This is because your choices are limited. Just an example, you have a home staging job in a modern empty home and you decided to just rent furniture from a rental company. Unfortunately, when you get to the rental company, there is no more modern furniture to match the modern home.You will have no other choice, but to rent furniture which don’t match the style of the home you will be staging.

Simple Low-Cost Tips to Sell Your Home

Selling your home can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some simple tips on how you can get your home to stand out from the crowd and get buyers motivated without breaking the bank.

Curb appeal: First impressions are the key to getting potential buyers excited about coming inside to take a look. Make sure the front of your home looks welcoming and well-cared for by using these simple tips:

Have a clean, well-manicured garden. Make sure to cut overgrown shrubs that may be blocking the view of your home from the street.

Pressure wash the exterior of your home to give it that ‘just- painted look’, without actually having to spend the time and money painting.

Put flower boxes outside the main entryway to make your home feel more inviting.

Entry: Make sure when people enter your home, they find it welcoming, light and bright. Pleasant aromas, such as freshly baked bread or chocolate chip cookies (who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?), are always a great way to make visitors/potential buyers feel at home.

Kitchen: The heart of the home is the kitchen, and the kitchen is what sells the home. Make it look fresh, polished, and modern using these easy ideas:

Make sure countertops are clean and not cluttered with multiple small appliances, such as toasters and blenders.

Remove all magnets from the front of the refrigerator to give it a clean look.

Replace any worn cabinet pulls or hardware that may make a kitchen look dated.

Make sure cupboards are neat and well-organized (people do snoop!)

Living-room: Potential buyers are most likely looking for a home for their family, so don’t confuse them with your personal items, such as family portraits and knickknacks. You want them to imagine their family living there, with their personal photos on the wall.

Bathrooms: Make sure bathrooms are spotlessly clean and up to date. Here are some bathroom staging tips:

Replace old worn-out bathroom fixtures, such as faucets and towel bars.

Hang fresh new towels on towel racks.

Add accessories such as candles and sweetly scented soaps in clean new glass containers.

Bedrooms: A bedroom should convey a tone of relaxation and comfort. It’s the place we want to retreat to after a long and stressful day. Here are some ways you can give your bedroom that cozy feeling:

Paint with a warm neutral color.

Remove any extra furniture leaving only the bed and dresser (especially that old exercise machine).

Remove a large portion of your wardrobe making the closets appear larger.

Spruce up the bed by changing the comforter and adding a few new throw- pillows.

The housing market can be either hot or cold, but taking these few extra steps will make it easier for buyers to see the home’s full potential, and it will pay off in the long run.

How to Home Stage a Master Bedroom

Staging your home correctly is one of the most important factors in helping a person decide whether they wish to purchase the property or not. Common mistakes include making the home to personal, which in turn means that the viewer finds it difficult to imagine themselves in the property, or simply allowing things to be a little bit messy.

The master bedroom is perhaps one of the most important rooms when it comes to staging. After all, anybody who is interested in the house will place special focus on the room as it is where they will be spending their nights. Ensuring it looks comfortable and inviting is crucial when it comes to convincing the viewer that the room allows for a good night’s sleep.

So what can you do to properly stage the master bedroom? Here are a few tips:

Remove Personal Decoration

To ensure the viewer can personalise the room in their head it is important to remove anything that intrinsically links the room to the seller. Keep the obvious items, such as the bed, wardrobes and dressers. Try to add a good mirror if the room doesn’t already have one.

Remove any items that do not need to be there. Personal photos and any items that link the room to you can be stored away for the time taken to show it. All the viewer needs to see is that the room is big enough to store the essentials and has the potential for them to personalise it in their own way.

Tidy Up

It may seem like a basic tip but it is also extremely important. Make sure that the room is nice and tidy before any viewing. Bed sheets should be clean and crisp, clothes should be put away and the floor space should be clear of any obstructions.

Dust thoroughly and ensure that all windows and surfaces are absolutely spotless. Ensure that you vacuum the carpet or clean the floors beforehand and spray an air freshener to give the room a clean and airy feeling. A dirty room indicates that you don’t take proper care of the property and can make it difficult for a viewer to visualise the room as anything other than a mess, which in turn effects the selling potential.

Use Neutral Colours

Neutral colours, such as beige and cream, again depersonalises the room and ensures that the viewer can visualise how they would change things to suit their own stylistic ideas. Such colours are also generally quite airy and light, which reflects a comfortable sleeping environment and makes the entire room more attractive.

If your room doesn’t have a neutral feel to it then consider repainting. It will take a little bit of time and effort but the key here is to help the viewer feel as comfortable as possible. If the room has a design aesthetic that they don’t like it becomes much more difficult for the viewer to see themselves spending time in the room or becoming comfortable there.

Why You Should Not Stage Your Own House – Would You Perform a Surgery on Yourself?

Preparing your property for the real estate market is not as obvious as you might think.

It requires objectivity and the ability to see things through the eyes of a potential buyer. Professional set of eyes and hands are critical to your success.

As most of us have an emotional attachment to our home, it might be very difficult to see our home as others will see it and become a property doctor. I even dare to compare it to trying to perform surgery on oneself – it will be painful, risky and the result is not guaranteed!

During the pre-op phase, you need to do walk through of each room and criticize the home from a buyer’s perspective. Is it cluttered? Does it need a fresh coat of paint (neutral colors, like beige, cream or light pastels) or some small repairs (visible cracks and holes in the walls)? How is the lighting? A thorough diagnostic has to be completed in this phase.

At the scrubs phase, the house has to be thoroughly cleaned; scrub tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs, clean hardwood floors, steam clean carpets and drapes. Some rooms will probably need to be repainted as well.

During the surgery phase, you need to remove excess and oversized furniture, rearrange the remaining furniture to maximize space, remove all toys, papers, pet items and other accumulated belongings scattered around the house, minimize the number of small appliances on counters, remove family photos, any personal collections and medications, remove items from the garage (other than wall mounted or neatly stored items) and store them off site.

Once this is done, it is time to bandage the incision by adding accent cushions, throws, fresh towels, art, vases and other decorative items that create ambiance. The patient has to look healthy, young and beautiful! The buyers need to fall in love with YOUR house.

During the recovery phase, keep things simple… don’t bring in any new items. Open windows to let in fresh air, let in natural light whenever possible; refrain from smoking in the home. Contain pet odours as much as possible.

At this point, the property has been given a clean bill of health and it is time to show it off!

And don’t forget to maintain the home’s health by keeping it clean and de cluttered at all times.

If you don’t think you can ‘operate‘ on yourself, you should consider professional help and call in a home staging company. You will get the best SURGEON there is!