5 tips to help your house sell quickly

You decided to sell your home, and you can’t wait to buy a new place!  There’s just one thing standing in your way: You’ve got to close the deal on your current one first. You just hope it doesn’t take all summer to get an offer. Well, there’s one tried-and-true trick that’s proven to reduce your home’s time on the market.  And that’s effective staging.  If your budget’s tight, you may think you can’t afford to stage your home. But here are several tricks to help you get the job done.


paint roller, tray, brushes, and paint can with color swatch

Be sure to have all the right tools.  A fresh coat of paint can make a HUGE difference!


1. Channel Your Inner Neat Freak 
You always knew your tidying tendencies would come in handyone day. Now it’s time to clutter-bust your way to buyers’ hearts! De-cluttering isn’t rocket science—but it is the key to creating a pleasing environment. Pay particular attention to common junk magnets like:

  • Kitchen and bathroom counters
  • Fireplace mantels
  • Laundry room shelves
  • Tabletops
  • Magazine racks

No DE-cluttering advice would be complete without a call to streamline your closets. If your closet is crowded, buyers are  going to think their stuff won’t fit.   Wow buyers by showing them how much space there is for stuff—not how much stuff there is in the space.


2. Rearrange the Furniture 

Couple Placing Sofa In Living Room Of New Home

Once all the clutter’s out of the way, take a step back and look at thebig picture. Does your home invite buyers to sit and stay a while? Can buyers flow freely through your home without bumping into things? If not, you’ve got work to do! Start by putting bulky pieces in storage and moving furniture away from the walls. Oftentimes, the room is arranged so the children can play in the middle of the room or the TV can be seen easily from every chair and sofa.  Buyers want to walk in and see an open—yet intimate—space that inspires conversation, not channel-surfing.  Go to different rooms and see if there are pieces that you can repurpose for the living room to get the effect you want.


3. Sweat the Details 
Cleaning your home for home showings is common sense. But manyfolks underestimate just how clean it needs to be. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill weekend tidy-up. Think of it as spring cleaning on steroids.You’ve got to get down to the nitty-gritty so that even the smallest details shine. From ceiling fans and window blinds to baseboards and tile grout, no surface goes unscrubbed! Don’t forget to get your windows squeaky-clean. There needs to be as much light coming in as possible.


4. Set the Table
Staging paints a picture for potential buyers so they can envisionlife in your home.  And nothing represents family life quite like the dinner table. So let’s give the dining room some staging attention. Bring your good china, flatware and linens out of hiding. Or add seasonal flair with a dash of bold colors. You don’t have to go over the top with every piece of dinnerware you own. Keep things simple by setting just two places at the table or arranging a decorative centerpiece on top of a neutral table runner. You can find loads of inspiration on Pinterest, one of my favorite sites!


5. Bring the Outside In 
The great thing about summer is the world’s in full bloom rightoutside your door. So why not take advantage of all the season has to offer? Fresh flowers are so inviting, and they warm up a room and send the message that this is a really nice space to be in. Look around your yard, and pluck decorations straight from nature. Favorite summer picks include roses, dahlias, zinnias, peonies, hydrangeas, lilies and sunflowers. If you run short on vases, display your finds in an antique pitcher or Mason jar for a touch of vintage charm. And flowers aren’t the only star in the summer garden. If you grow your own fruits and veggies, entice buyers with a bowl of fresh produce on the kitchen counter.


Got $400? Spend It on This
If you do have a little cash to spend, here’s what I recommend…spend it on paint and mulching the front yard.” Why? Because buyers give you about six seconds to make the sale—three seconds from the curb and three seconds from the foyer. Of course, every home is different. Before you spend a dime freshening your home up, ask a real estate agent you trust for advice.  A true pro knows what buyers in your area want and can help you maximize your home’s appeal without busting your budget.