Reasons that People Choose Not to Stage Their Home… Do These Apply to You?

I cannot stress enough the importance of staging your home to put it on the market.  While it doesn’t necessarily have to be staging wtih borderdone by a professional home stager (although it is recommended)  you can draw some tips from them to do yourself.  Despite the solid financial proof that home staging can increase the appeal, selling price, interest, and speed at which you sell your house there are still those doubters out there.  Here are a few of the reasons that many clients give for not wanting to stage their home.

* It costs too much: While there are undoubtedly costs associated with a professional home stager I have never seen the amount exceed the amount that we have had to reduce home prices due to lack of interest.  This is a prime example of having to spend money to make money.

* We can’t stage the house, we live in it: Believe it or not these are 2 things that can be done simultaneously.  In fact a professional home stager will stage your home, give you tips on keeping it show ready, and still leave all of the essentials for you to go about your everyday life.

* We want to put it on the market for awhile before we try home staging:  While in theory this sounds like a perfectly logical and conservative plan.  Unfortunately we as humans base most of our existence off of first impressions.  If a potential buyer sees your home (un-staged) and weren’t thrilled with what they saw there is not much of a chance they will even take a second look if you stage your home after a few months on the market.  In their head they have already crossed your home off the list.

* Everyone loves our house: While this may be true (or they may just be being nice) the fact of the matter is that today’s buyers are looking for specific things.  I think it is hard for sellers (myself included) to wrap their head around the fact that someone could find something wrong with this beautiful home they have poured their time, money, and effort into.  By allowing an unbiased person such as a home stager to spruce up your home you are helping to ensure that you are adhering to what home buyers are looking for.

* We can declutter and clean the home ourselves: Great… and you should! But (and this is a big but…) there is much more to home staging than simply removing things.  A professional home stager can distinguish between clutter and an asset, can find the balance between decluttered and barren, and understand the importance of highlighting desirable architectural features, lighting, and flow of furniture.

Turn-Offs for Potential Buyers

There are a few things that you can have or do to your home that can be a turn off to potential buyers if you are looking to sell.  This is not to say that you dinosaur with logoshouldn’t do them if you and your family will get enjoyment out of it but just to make you aware of the potential negative impact it can have on resell.

* Putting carpet over hardwood floors: Most people prefer hardwood floors over nearly any other type of flooring.  Not only do they look sleeker and more modern but they help the entire house look cleaner.  If you are lucky enough to have hardwood floors throughout your home the last thing you want to do is cover them up.

* A garage turned into something else: Whether you’ve turned your garage into an extra room, a gym, or an artist studio chances are a potential buyer will not be nearly as impressed.  Having a safe and secure place to park a car is a top requirement for many home seekers and the likelihood that they are also interested in an indoor gym is slim.  The garage is also a place that people think of as storage and by eliminating its original use you force buyers to look elsewhere.

* Kids rooms that are overly decorated: Sure little Timmy loves dinosaurs but the big t-rex mural on the wall and the neon carpet may be a bit too loud for a potential home buyer to overlook.  Before putting your home on the market it may be wise to turn your dinosaur oasis into a more muted room.

* An Above ground pool: (or even an in-ground pool):  Unless the potential buyer is an avid pool lover most people see a maintenance issue or a potential liability  when they look at a pool.

* Pet supplies: While we are certainly not advocating getting rid of your four legged friends (they are family after all) when putting your home on the market you may want to keep their toys, bowls, litter boxes, etc a bit more out of site.

* Cigarette smoke: This may be the biggest turn off to date for any potential buyer.  This is because in order to fully get rid of the smell you have to replace carpet, window coverings, paint, etc. which can be an expensive and time consuming project.

Put Your House on the Market Now for Best Results!

While there isn’t necessarily a “season” for selling your home it is widely accepted that most people don’t want to move when the weather is bad.  Carrying your selling your homeboxes and furniture through 6 inches of snow and slush is not appealing for anyone.  This is why I am writing this now to let you know that right now is a great time to list your home.  Houses, especially in Pendleton, are in such high demand that the amount of time it would spend on the market is minimal.  With that being said it takes an average of 45-60 days once the home is under contract to settle.  This would put moving day in September when the weather is usually mild and the fall months are beginning, an ideal time to move!

Another reason that selling now is a great idea is that your curb appeal will be in full swing unlike many of the other months.  Any flowers you have are blooming, the grass is green, and the trees are providing ample shade.  During the winter your home (and everyone’s home for that matter) does not look nearly as inviting.

As I mentioned before the demand is high in almost every market with makes for an easier sell.  And with interest rates softening, the supply dwindling, and the demand growing it makes for the perfect storm of home selling.  Be sure to take advantage of this time!

Last but not least if you are considering selling your house it is time to move on.  Whether you want to move closer to family, downsize after the kids leave, or find more space for your growing family it is time to capitalize and take the plunge.  If you have any questions or want a free evaluation on pricing your home feel free to give me a call at 317-572-5589~ I look forward to hearing from you!

5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Home Sell More Quickly

Selling your home can be a stressful and cluttered time which is why the quicker it sells the quicker you can move on.  Unfortunately sometimes it sellingyourhome texttakes longer to sell than expected which can delay your next move.  Here are a few tips that can increase the chances of selling your home faster.

* Home staging:  If you can afford a professional home-stager, do it! They know what they are doing and can make even the darkest corners of your home seem inviting.  If you don’t want to spend the money then follow a few of these home staging tips to improve the overall appeal of your home.

* Price it right: Of course we all want to get the most money out of our homes as possible but at what expense?  I have seen homeowners who are so determined to get a higher price out of their home that they will lose money paying two mortgages.  If you really want to sell then talk with your realtor to determine the most amount of money you can get now.  Plus pricing it lower can bring in big interest and possibly result in competing bids.

* Curb appeal: If someone is not interested in your home from the outside then chances are they will never take the time to see the inside.  This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on a complete landscaping overhaul.  Instead simply keep your lawn mowed, invest in a couple bright colored hanging baskets, and keep outdoor cluttered such as kids toys picked up.  You want to portray that you maintain a clean and organized environment.

* Exposure: Make sure that your home is getting the exposure it needs from your realtor.  Take us for example, we have compiled a comprehensive approach to ensuring exposure of your listing throughout all of the traditional routes as well as on multiple social media platforms.  Having this type of reach only increases the chances of finding that perfect buyer.

* Last but not least: Leave: Yep, you heard that correctly… leave your home anytime someone is coming to look at it.  While you are at it take your dog or cat with you.  People want to be able to picture themselves living in your home, being comfortable,  but with your lurking over their shoulders they are just looking forward to leaving.  As long as you, the homeowner, are there they will always feel like guests in the home and even if only subconsciously will not want to come back.

The Impact that Pets Can Have When Selling Your Home

If you are anything like me your dog is like family.  You would do anything in your power to protect them and keep them happy.  Unfortunately, petodor dogsometimes your four legged friend can be somewhat of a hindrance when it comes to selling your home.  But there are some ways to eliminate the issues that come along with having a pet and selling a house that will make your home selling experience quicker and easier.

* Eliminate all pet smells! Nothing is more off putting than walking into a potential new home and being hit in the face with a pungent, sometimes unbearable smell.  As a dog owner myself I can attest to the fact that I have become accustom to the smell so bringing in an honest friend to tell you if it stinks is key.  Before every open house or showing you will want to light a candle, open the windows, spray fabric freshener, etc to help mask and eliminate the smells.  To get at the source of the smell make sure to keep your dog clean and odor free himself.  And if the odors are too overpowering you may need to remove and replace the carpets in the house.

* Clean Up Your Yard! I can think of very few bigger turn-offs than stepping in a pile of dog waste while walking up to or around a house.  This impression alone that a potential buyer gets can deter them from even considering your home.  The same goes for keeping litter boxes clean, odor free, and preferably out of sight.

* Fix all pet related damage before listing your home!  Pets of any sort are prone to causing some sort of damage in a home whether it be a cat clawing at the walls or a dog that has scratched up the door frame.  It is important to tend to these issues so that the potential buyer doesn’t think that the house has been destroyed by a pet.

* Remove the pet for any and all showings!  This rule is particularly important as it can ruin a perspective buyers interest almost immediately.  This is especially true if someone is afraid of dogs.  The only thing they will be thinking is about the dog and not at looking around your home.  Plus no one can truly concentrate with a barking dog scratching at the garage door or a cat that is weaving around your feet.

* Bottom line: Try and Pretend Like You Don’t Have a Pet! While if a buyer outright asks if there is a pet there is no sense in lying, the goal is to lead them to believe there is no pet.  This means hiding all food/water bowls, crates, litter boxes, even pictures of the pet so that the buyer does not go looking for pet damage.

Improve Your Curb Appeal in 2 Hours or Less

Every realtor can attest that improving your curb appeal is one of the best ways to sell your home.  If you can’t get people to take interest in  your projects with texthome from the outside there is a slim chance they will be interested in seeing the inside.  The great part about it is that you don’t need to spend a lot of time, money, or effort to make a big impact.  Here are some of the easiest and most effective weekend projects that you can do to in 2 hours or less.

* Eliminate all Clutter:  While it may be easier to leave the kids bicycles, the watering cans, and your yard tools in the yard, it automatically makes the potential buyer assume that since the yard isn’t clean than the house wouldn’t be either.  Keeping your clutter under control gives the impression that you keep your house neat and tidy.

* Give Your Mailbox a Make Over: It’s amazing what a big difference that a fresh coat of paint will make on your mailbox.  As people are driving and trying to find your address one of the first things that they look at is your mailbox.  If it is faded, chipped, or falling apart it is the first thing that they will think about the rest of your home.  In as little as an hour you could freshen it up with an inexpensive can of spray paint!

* Update or Replace Your Front Door: The front door is obviously the first step to getting inside your home.  If the door squeaks, has a flimsy door handle, or shows a ton of wear and tear it does not give the best first impression.  Head down to your local hardware store and buy new hardware for the door, something that makes a statement.  Remove the door from the hinges and slap on a fresh coat of paint, preferably an eye catching hue.  Once your done the impact will immediately be obvious!

* Plant Flowers:  You don’t need to revamp your entire landscaping but adding a few tulips here and some brightly colored daisies there are very attention grabbing and can make a whole yard appear manicured. And speaking of yards, it’s always a good idea to keep your yard regularly mowed when you are trying to sell.

garagedoor * Adding Hardware To Your Garage Door: As you can see in the photo, adding a few well placed brackets make the entire door appear more expensive, sturdy, and adds style to the exterior of your home!