One of the questions I get asked all the time by sellers is ‘should I stage my home?’
And I always answer, ‘that depends.’
That depends on if you want to sell your home faster and for more money.
If you want a faster sale and more money in your pocket, then the answer is: YES!!! A THOUSAND TIMES YES!!! Stage your home!!
I get the fact that selling a home and moving into a new home possibly thousands of miles away creates one of the most stressful, miserable times in a person’s life. I get you are overwhelmed with every little decision and freaking out about finding boxes and a new place to live.
Remember, selling a home and moving may only be an activity you do a few times in your life. So if ever you go all-in on a project this is it!!
Depending on whose research you check, a staged home sells an average of 4 weeks SOONER and always for more than a non-staged home.
Read that again…faster and for more money.
The reason this is such a no brainer in the Real Estate world is a staged home puts the buyer in focus. You may be stretched beyond words, but a staged home tells the buyer “relax…come in…we’ve been expecting you…your desires and future are what is important here.”
In homes that are un-staged, every buyer has to work through your memories, furniture, tastes, quirks before ever thinking about what they want and need. Un-staged homes do sell…eventually.
With all that being said, staging your home doesn’t have to be a major production. But there are a few essentials:
- Neutralize your home. Take down photos. Paint the walls a more neutral color. Get rid of the beloved couch passed onto you by Grandma Shirley. You love these things, but that doesn’t mean anyone else will.
- Have some furniture. Some…not a lot. Give people a general idea of how the room can be used but not so much furniture that the room looks cluttered or small.
- Increase lighting everywhere! Any mood lighting will make buyers think you are hiding something. So, brighten up all your corners and let people imagine how awesome their life will be when they make your home…their home.
The bottom line is, a staged home gives a better first impression and photographs better for social media. You want your house to be a ‘must-see’ that has all the realtors in town buzzing.
And, who are we kidding, we want the buyers to line up with offers. Staged homes give buyers the impression that their lives will be as awesome as your staged home looks. And those are the impressions that motivate buyers to offer aggressively and quickly.
As your real estate agent, I will walk you through the options and opportunities that exist for every home sale. I have years of experience seeing good homes and not-so-good homes.
Please send me an email and we can start talking!
You’ve decided to put your beloved home up for sale…now what? Now its time to make sure your beloved home looks as loveable to others…specifically those who might give you a large amount of money for the keys.
Here are the priorities: Fix, Maintain and Improve.
The priority here is to eliminate any obvious deal-breakers.
Roof repairs, air conditioning, furnace, water damage, flooring problems are all elements that even a novice home shopper will see and run!
If you are selling in a time where inventory is lower, you may have some more flexibility. But if inventory is vast, these problems will eliminate your home before people even give it a legitimate thought. There is a possibility that a price can be listed with an allowance for repairs that can be done by the new owners. But the best practice is to get all major repairs done BEFORE the first open house.
The next place you should turn your attention to is indoor maintenance. Many people looking at your home are coming from previous homeownership and know what issues can crop up. Your job is to get as many things fixed or improved to eliminate as many barriers as possible.
Bathrooms: Touch up the paint and add fresh caulking.
Kitchen: Add fresh caulking and make sure your appliances are print-free.
Windows: Check Insulation. If you are selling in the Fall or Winter this is very important. Older buyers will notice drafts immediately!
Air Filters: If you are selling during the cold months, make sure your furnace doesn’t smell dusty. Your viewers may not know why the smell exists they will just not want to come back.
Each Room: Dust thoroughly and check for cobwebs.
Depending on your timeline, small improvements can make a big difference. And remember, when it comes to Real Estate, these differences mean thousands of dollars or closing a sale months earlier.
Outside: Clean the gutters, mow the lawn, trim branches, pull weeds and tasks like that.
Flowers: If the season calls for it, add some flowers and spruce up the flower beds.
Walkways: Keep them clean and debris-free.
So that is a quick overview on preparing your home for sale! If I am your agent, I will be your number one advocate to make sure your home looks as good to strangers as it does to you.
I can honestly say I’ve seen over a thousand homes that have been up for sale over the years and know what works and most importantly what doesn’t work. One of my main tasks is to help you eliminate the problems that will get your home rejected immediately.
Please send me an email if you have any questions and I look forward to talking more!
Bright & Immaculate 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath Home in Federal Way’s Highly Desired Twin Lakes Neighborhood
Nestled in a scenic residential setting in the highly desirable Twin Lakes Neighborhood, this Federal Way beauty is just minutes from the community clubhouse and the golf course! Lovingly cared for and wonderfully move-in ready, this 1,930-square-foot home includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, light-filled living spaces, and a fully fenced backyard with a huge patio and deck. Located at 31402 40th Ave SW Federal Way WA 98023 and close to freeways for easy commuting, this residence is listed for $475,000.
Artistically framed by mature trees and lush greenery, when you pull in the driveway, this home’s picturesque scene greets you! A joy to arrive home to time and time again, this treasure is ready for all that life brings. In the main living room, light cascades in through huge windows, and a classic brick-accented fireplace anchors this versatile space. Showcasing a neutral color palette, this haven is just waiting to be infused with your personal style, whether you envision something more traditional or trendy!
The layout opens up into the similarly light-filled dining area, and just around the corner, the kitchen reveals efficiency and simple elegance wrapped up into one dynamic package. Crisp white cabinetry adds to the cheerful, fresh atmosphere, while promising ample room for storing kitchen essentials. Bar-style seating can be found at the counter, perfect for enjoying a laid-back morning cup of coffee or an afternoon snack. A door leads directly to the back deck, offering convenience you’ll appreciate when hosting outdoor dinners and weekend barbecues!
Find privacy and comfort in this home’s generous 4 bedrooms, and an additional living area downstairs provides the ideal hangout. Featuring cozy cabin-inspired wood paneling, built-in shelving, and a gorgeous stone-accented fireplace at the center of it all, this flexible area could easily be transformed into a living room perfect for movie nights snuggled up on the couch with a fire dancing in the background!
Sliding glass doors lead right out to the partially covered backyard patio. Enjoy the view of the neatly manicured lawn from the patio or the upper deck, where you’ll be able to take in peek-a-boo views of the sound as well. The backyard is ready to come to life with your unique vision of home, and garden beds overflowing with fresh flowers and produce, a play toy for little ones, and more are all possibilities within reach!
Living in Federal Way’s Twin Lakes Neighborhood
At 31402 40th Ave SW Federal Way WA 98023, enjoy being in a scenic location while being conveniently surrounded by top notch city conveniences and outdoor opportunities. The community clubhouse is just minutes away, a wonderful amenity that offers fun for all and quick access to golf! The 398-acre Dash Point State Park is only about a 5-minute drive away, and here you can escape into nature and take advantage of biking trails, kayaking, fishing, beachcombing, picnicking, camping, and so much more.
When you need to run errands, you’ll find a huge variety of places to choose from at the intersection of 21st Ave and SW Campus Drive, and places like Safeway, Fred Meyer, Rite Aid, and several more shops, eateries, and services are all right there at your fingertips. Plus, Highway 509 is only a 4-minute drive from home, making it easy to connect to Pacific Highway and Interstate-5.
Boasting a meticulously updated design that’s brimming with style and premium amenities, this Twin Lakes home offers more than just a place to live, it offers a lifestyle. With stunning views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and Twin Lakes Golf Course, this 4-bedroom, 2.75-bath haven is both a luxury retreat and a comfortable dream home. Top-of-the-line renovations throughout the kitchen and bathrooms mean your experience inside this 2,470-sq.-ft. home is just as stunning as outside. Located along the 14th Fairway of Twin Lakes Golf Course at 4110 SW 314th St. Federal Way 98023, this residence is listed at $649,950.
The breathtaking views continue in the first-floor master bedroom, whose floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors allow easy access to the home’s surrounding greenery. A connected master bathroom boasts double sinks and a large jetted tub, the perfect spa-like retreat after a long day. A walk-in closet leaves plenty of space for even the largest wardrobes. Just upstairs, you’ll find the rest of the home’s generous and versatile 4 bedrooms. Folks who enjoy entertaining will fall in love with the fully finished basement, complete with wet bar and wine cooler.
With a beautifully landscaped yard and unparalleled access to Twin Lakes Golf Course, this home’s natural surroundings are nothing short of stunning. Quite simply, this home is a golfer’s dream, but non-golfers alike will marvel at the chance to see Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on a daily basis. An elevated deck creates the ideal space for a BBQ, patio dining set and lounge chairs, and a built-in sprinkler system keeps everything looking lush year-round. Where the verdant lawn ends, the golf course fairway begins, making this home a true luxury retreat.
Living in Federal Way
At 4110 SW 314th St. Federal Way 98023, enjoy having easy access to the best of both worlds—city conveniences alongside natural beauty! In addition to the unparalleled proximity to Poverty Bay in Puget Sound (just a 10-minute drive away), a 30-minute walk brings you to Dash Point State Park, where you can enjoy miles of forested hiking and biking trails and beautiful swimming beaches. Highway 509 is just a 5-minute drive from home, which gives you access to Federal Way’s shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants and more.