Today I’m having Julianna Lundblad of Elliman Real Estate share some of her expertise knowledge on resale tips. I also added a few images with additional staging tips.
If you’re thinking of putting your house or condo on the market, there is a huge checklist of tasks to worry about before you can close the deal. Between listing it for the right price to showcasing the property with some clever staging, the process of selling can seem overwhelming. By following some tricks of the trade, you can have your property off the listings in record time.
The Price is Right: Finding out what your property is worth and how much comparable properties in the area are worth is the first step to pricing your home. Try to do research on what other homes are listed for and what past homes have sold for to get your listing at a competitive price. Hiring a realtor could be a very smart option because they will have the tools and knowledge to get you the most accurate picture of what the market is in your area.
Hiring a Realtor: Don’t hire the first realtor’s name you see in the phonebook, instead do some research and ask some questions before you decide which broker to deal with. A realtor is supposed to work hard to help you get the most return from your property. So making sure your choice has a strong knowledge base of your area, keeps your needs in mind and the skill set to execute a sale is important.
Home Staging: This short-term marketing tool is used to showcase your house in the best light possible. By de-cluttering and rearranging, you can make your house look like it is much bigger than its actual listed square footage. Removing all your personal items, like family portraits and unique décor, you can give your house a clean look that will let any potential homebuyers imagine themselves in your space.
Kids & Critters: It may not be possible to the nursery as a regular bedroom or to ship your four-legged friends off to a kennel, but you still can stage your house effectively without making it seem like you don’t have kids or pets. By simply storing extra toys away and making sure to keep up with pet hair pick up, your house will not look cluttered and unkempt but rather it’ll look ready for the next homeowners to move right in.
Kitchens & Bathrooms: It’s true when they say that bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. If your key rooms are looking outdated then you may need to invest in them a little before you list your place. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to fork over thousands on a complete remodel, but simple changes like new paint, new hardware and some clever staging can give your rooms a quick update to help with a quick sell.
As a seller, try to always keep your house “show ready” when you’re on the market. You never know when people are going to want to come see the place and it’s easiest to make a great first impression with buyers when they can walk in and see potential, not messes, in your house. Share any other resale tips that will help speed up the process of selling your property here!
Thanks Julianna for these helpful tips! To add-on, if you notice in the first image, the furniture isn’t pushed against the wall. Rooms do not feel bigger that way despite the design myth. Position pieces in a way that allows for conversation and easy traffic flows. When putting houses on the market, if a bedroom doesn’t have a closet, it cannot be listed as a bedroom. This may pose a problem for families looking to buy and limit your buyer pool. So if you refuse to convert it back into a closet, the next best thing is doing exactly like the second pic. It demonstrates how closets can be turned into office spaces. With built-in shelves and desks, it makes the room functional. This gives potential buyers room to do something else with the rest of the room’s square footage. If they put a daybed in there, it would make a buyer realize they too can create a room that serves dual purposes: an office and guest room.