Buying a new home can be very exciting -- but it can also be stressful if you have to sell your old one before you can buy the new one.
Even in the current seller's market we're experiencing around the D.C. area, selling your home can take considerable effort.
Fortunately, there are ways you can give yourself an edge in the marketplace when selling your home. There are several things you can do before listing your home, to increase your chances of success with a quick sale. One of those things is attractively staging your home, to make it look inviting and appealing to buyers and encourage them to make a quick offer.
Here are some tips for staging your home for success:
Get rid of your stuff. You've heard it over and over again, and it still remains as true as ever - you need to de-clutter your home before showing it to potential buyers. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in your home, and a big part of that is making them feel like there will be plenty of room to fit all of their stuff, without feeling cramped. The less stuff of yours you have around the house, the bigger and more spacious it will feel, and buyers will feel confident that it's the right space for them.
Consider hiring a professional stager. History shows that the money you will spend on hiring professional stagers will more than pay for itself by helping you get a better sale price for your home. Professionally staging your home can help you get top dollar by making your home look attractive to buyers, and it can also help your home sell faster, saving you money in months of mortgage payments and helping you make a quicker offer on the new home you want to buy. Before you think of trying to stage your home yourself, think about how many hours of work that will take you. There are so many other tasks you could be tackling if you hire a professional to do it for you, properly, in less time.
Lighten up! Open all the drapes and blinds around your home to usher in natural light. If you're going to repaint, use light, cheerful, somewhat neutral colors. (See this article about the best colors to choose from to increase your sale prospects) Consider removing any excessively large or dark-colored furniture to help your home look light and airy - a light and airy home will likely sell faster.
Seek advice from your Realtor, and listen to it. Your Realtor is an experienced professional who knows what it takes to sell a home, particularly one in your area. They can advise you on tips that will help your home sell more quickly in the current local market, so we recommend you listen to his/her suggestions and follow them. They will fight to help you get the best price possible for your home, so you can move into the new home of your dreams!