Setting The Stage For A Sale

Staging is everything when selling a home.  From the right type and properly placed furniture, all the way to modernizing cabinets and trim with a quick coat of paint, setting the stage for a sale is often a make-or-break for selling a home quickly.

Buyers like to be able to visualize their new life in a home which is why it’s important to make sure that you can do everything in your power to let their imaginations buy the home on their behalf.  Here are some of our tips to set the stage for a home sale.

Update the Outdated

In almost any home, there are certain aspects that seem woefully outdated even when the rest of the home has otherwise been spruced up.  Spend some time updating the outdated parts of your home.  This doesn’t have to necessarily be a complete overhaul and remodel, but some repainting or a general facelift may very well do the trick.

Generally speaking, cabinets, floors, and walls in certain parts of the home can use a little updating with a fresh coat of modern-colored paint.  Be sure, if you’re going the painting route, to choose neutral colors that can appeal to both sexes and most palates.

Add Some Curb Appeal

A gangly yard or unkempt flower beds are often turn-offs for potential homebuyers and the curb appeal of a home usually has a great deal to do with attracting buyers into the home in the first place.  Adding curb appeal is simple and likely won’t break the bank.

First, consider doing a little touch-up paint as needed on the exterior of the home.  Over time, paint can chip and peel from parts of the home due to exposure to the sun, so a little touch-up paint can do wonders.  Additionally, consider doing some simple landscaping with in-season foliage to add a lively touch to your home.

Open Up the Space

Dark, dank, and dingy are not what buyers are looking for in a home, so make it a point to brighten up your space by opening windows, pulling back the shades, and letting any and all natural light in when preparing to show a home.  Additionally, if you don’t already have curtains, consider adding them to the windows in the main living areas as well as bedrooms.

Also, make it a point to de-clutter your home and make any needed furniture moves in order to create more open space for your prospective buyer to visualize the potential in your home.  All of these things can make subtle, but significant impacts on what a buyer perceives of a home without much cost or effort on your part.

Get Ready for the Move

Selling a home likely hinges a great deal on buying a new home for yourself.  If you’re like most of us, two mortgages at the same time likely aren’t in the cards, so make sure if you’re looking to both buy and sell in a narrow window to get your finances in order to make a quick move.

The best way to get ready for a quick move is to get pre-qualified for a mortgage.  Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc. has over 20 years of experience helping new and veteran home buyers make real estate moves quickly and efficiently.  Get in touch today and one of our loan experts can help you find the right product to buy your home ASAP!

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