The goal of any Rome, GA real estate agent should be to be open and honest with sellers about selling the home, and helping the seller to meet his/her needs. Often that goal is to get the most money possible for the home.
Sometimes, that can unfortunately mean the home needs a little elbow grease, and maybe a little bit of money put into it to get it ready.
A good Realtor should know and tell you that selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring him/her to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you and the agent should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time. Below are 3 items to consider when preparing the home for consideration.
Just because you’ve gotten used to a dry wall crack and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well.
Don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside. One repair I often see needing to be addressed is peeling paint and soft wood on soffits and fascia boards.
In Rome, so many buyers are looking to purchase homes with FHA financing. What this means for the seller is that their home will be subject to an inspection, and many of those “little repairs” will be required to be fixed, or could cost the seller buyers and/or more money.
So while it never seems appealing to do work on a home you are about to leave. Many times, even small repairs can be absolutely necessary for buyers to close on the home. Even when not “necessary repairs”, often low cost repairs can be the difference in thousands of dollars in sell price.
You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Again, I know it seems absurd to paint a home you are about to leave, but we’ve all seen the HGTV shows with buyers that can’t get past the color of a wall. While that’s reality TV, it is also REALITY. For buyers, looking at homes is all about impression. Buyers need to imagine themselves in the home, and while some may love the lime green, selling your home is about marketing to to everyone. Neutralizing the home with paint and removing your personality helps to do that.
If it helps, just think of it as packing to move. All of those photos and personal items are going to need to be put in a box when you move anyway. So just go ahead and get a jump on a little early packing.
Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home staging can bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home. Adding, moving, or taking away lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture.
Try to imagine yourself as a buyer looking at at least 10 homes in a given day. That buyer is forming split second opinions about rooms that they may be planning to spend the next 30 years in. You don’t want their first thought to be that a room is too small, or that their personal items won’t work with the room. Staging can go right along with neutralizing to buyers an idea of the potential the home has for them.
Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.
Again, a good real estate agent with an understanding of some basic human psychological tendencies and with some experience showing buyers home can play a big role in giving advice on home stage. My advice, whether its me, or another agent, is to listen to what they have to say. As a real estate agent, I have gotten to opportunity to see homes on a big continuum of staging. From the completely cluttered to completely vacant, and I can almost always predict what buyers are going to say about a home based on how its staged.
Moving furniture around, and taking items out of the home is a great opportunity to de-clutter and pre-pack for your upcoming move.
If won’t advice from preparing your home to list for sell, please give me a call.
I am happy to meet with you and help walk you through the things I see big and small. It will cost you nothing, but some time listening. In the end, I simply want to help get sellers in Rome, GA the most money and the best time frame to suit their needs.
So give me a call.
Maximum One Community Realtor
708 Highway 293
Emerson, GA 30137
770.334.8286 ext. 149