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!
Breathtaking Views of Mt. Rainier & Colvos Passage Await! Discover this 3-Bedroom, 2-Bath Home on 0.52 Acres in Olalla
The epitome of Pacific Northwest charm awaits with this palatial 2,247-square-foot Olalla gem! Not only are you surrounded by lush, mature landscaping on a 0.52-acre property, but this residence boasts absolutely stunning views of the Colvos Passage and Mt. Rainier. You even have community beach access complete with a boat launch, a dock, and a cabana! Additionally, this pristine, move-in ready home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, expansive living spaces designed with entertaining in mind (just wait until you see the huge recreation room!), plus a brand new roof. Located at 15119 Starr Place SE Olalla, WA 98359, this Olalla home is just minutes to Gig Harbor conveniences and is listed for $659,950.
As soon as you pull in the driveway, this property’s incredible waterfront view is right there to welcome you home. The front door opens up to reveal an inviting open-concept layout, and the great room is ready for all that life throws your way whether you’re hosting a house filled with guests or simply relaxing by the fire and enjoying the idyllic view.
A gourmet kitchen is right at your fingertips, and this well-appointed haven takes entertaining to the next level. Shimmering finishes add to the sophisticated aesthetic, and rich cabinetry offers tons of storage. Whether you’re whipping up homemade meals or gathering around the center island to sip on wine with friends, you’ll find everything you need for hosting memorable get-togethers!
The layout effortlessly flows right into the dining area, and here you have more than enough space for a full-sized dining table. Huge picture windows frame the photo-worthy view, and sliding glass doors that lead right out onto the deck just expand your entertaining space—it’s as easy as possible to take advantage of al fresco dining all summer long!
Discover even more versatile living space with this home’s expansive recreation room. This sprawling retreat promises to become the ultimate hangout, and it’s the perfect getaway! Set up an entertainment center (movie marathons and game day parties are definitely in your future!), create a recreation area (there’s tons of space for a pool table, foosball, ping pong, air hockey, and more), and use any extra space as a fitness center. Your imagination can really run wild with this massive space!
This home also includes 3 bedrooms, and each comfortable oasis promises privacy. Each unique space offers something a bit different, and built-in closets, cute window bench seating, and direct outdoor access are all in the mix. The master suite is especially sumptuous with its extra-large layout, ensuite bath, and walk-in closet.
When it comes to outdoor amenities, this home offers vacation-inspired potential. Not only do you have captivating views at every turn, but the 0.52-acre property presents abundant opportunity. Expansive deck space shows off the perfect perch whether you’re entertaining a crowd or enjoying the view in peace and quiet, and the large yard is ready for your green thumb to get to work! RV parking offers convenience, and as residents of this home, you even get community beach access. A boat lunch, dock, and cabana offer even more ways to explore the outdoors.
Living in Olalla
At 15119 Starr Place SE Olalla, WA 98359, you’re in a picturesque residential setting while being just minutes to Gig Harbor convenience. You’re just a 13-minute drive to hop onto Highway 16, and Downtown Gig Harbor (and its many waterfront attractions) is only 11 minutes from home. When you need to run errands, Borgen Boulevard is only an 11-minute drive away as well, and here you’ll find popular places like Costco, Albertsons, Target, The Home Depot, Office Depot, Walgreens, and much more.