Keep your listed home 'show ready' at all times
When selling your home, "staging, staging, staging" (like "location, location, location"), is a must to get from "For Sale" to "Just Sold" faster and for a higher price.
Remember, first impressions are everything, and most buyers decide in the first 60 seconds whether they love, like or hate a house, which translates into "I want to buy this home (or not)."
So, while you can't move your house to a choice lagoon view or wooded location, you can have your home "show-ready" to welcome buyers in a most appealing way.
Here are some simple steps that you can take to make your prospective buyer's first impressions as good as they can be:
Additionally, when you have a showing, don't be there. It makes buyers uncomfortable. They want to look at your house on their own and share their comments with each other without you being there.
When my wife and I sold our house in the Twin Cities, we had the house looking so good that now and then we wondered why we were selling it - until we remembered that we were moving to the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Larry Stoller is a real estate consultant and advertising executive who loves living in Bluffton, hanging out on the Island, and helping real estate agents and sellers get homes sold.