How important is freshening up and staging a home for sale? Aren’t the buyers going to make their own changes anyway?
Buyers will make changes but when you put your house on the market it’s important to create a neutral palette by eliminating the distraction of too many personal items. This helps the buyer focus on what’s important to them. Furnished homes show best. Vacant homes, in person and in photographs on the Internet, don’t show as well as those that are warm and inviting with tasteful, current colors and furnishings. I can’t think of a time when a seller has staged a home and not realized their investment. Buyers today want homes that are either in perfect condition or listed for a compelling price. More often than not, it’s worth the time and money to make needed repairs and updates. Create a model home-type atmosphere for all the buyers to see. The phrase “you only get one chance to make a first impression” is paramount in real estate sales. Showing your house at its best from the first showing is the way to go.
If I wanted references, what client comments would you share?
The following are three favorites:
“Andy is a pro’s pro. She knows the market and has a realistic view on the value of a property. She has handled every kind of real estate transaction for my family with equal parts of skill and compassion.”
“She was recommended to us by a friend with the assurance that she was the best! She certainly is. We are a military family and move around a lot so, needless to say, we have experience with Realtors!”
“Andy helped me find and buy my first house over 15 years ago. She really understands the marketplace. I love her smart, professional demeanor and warm, friendly personality.”
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