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We’ve all heard the expression, “First impressions count!” and those words could not be more meaningful then when it comes to selling a home. Preparing a home for sale so that is shows well, a process called “staging,” is a crucial step in the home selling process for several reasons:
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The positive effect that proper staging has on the sale of a home and while some homeowners may spend thousands of dollars on professional stages to transform their homes, I offer professional staging tips free of charge when you sell with me. There are different levels of staging we can go over.
Basically de-cluttering and limiting personal items which can hinder a buyer’s ability to picture his/her own belongings in the home. Additionally, address furniture arrangement so that a feeling of spaciousness is created as well as placement of decorative items so that they show off the home’s best features. Sometimes, I’ll recommend low-cost upgrades that will bring a big return on your investment such as adding a fresh coat of paint, re-carpeting a room, or re-glazing a bathtub.
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According to the Southern California Home Financing authority (SCHFA) website: First home mortgage program!
What SCHFA? SCHFA -helps thousands of individuals and families fulfill their dreams of owning a home. The program makes buying a home more affordable for qualifying homebuyers by offering a competitive 30-year fixed rate loan and a grant for downpayment and closing costs assistance.
If you are ready to buy a home, and would like to find out more about this program or you just ready to shop for a home contact Melody Pike Real Estate Broker serving Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.
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Home sellers often believe – in fact they are often told by unscrupulous realtors who are trying to get a listing – that they should select a listing agent who has their own buyers who would be interested in the home which is being sold.
Find a Realtor who you trust and will help you through the process of selling your home, allowing all potential buyer’s to tour your home and make an offer with your realtor and other realtors.
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A lot of sellers don’t listen to their real estate agents, so we’ll tell you what your agent wants to say, but can’t say to you and this is it – your agent can’t get you the price you want unless your home is in pristine move-in condition.
That means no sticking drawers in the kitchen. No leaning fences. No rust-stained plumbing fixtures. We could go on, but maybe we need to make it clear. If you have even one of following “turn-offs,” your home won’t sell.
Buyers can get instantly turned off. Here are their five biggest turn-offs:
4. Deferred maintenance
5. Dark, dated décor
Overpricing your home
Overpricing your home is like trying to crash the country club without a membership. You’ll be found out and escorted out.
If you ignored your agent’s advice and listed at a higher price than recommended, you’re going to get some negative feedback from buyers. The worst feedback, of course, is silence. That could include no showings and no offers.
The problem with overpricing your home is that the buyers who are qualified to buy your home won’t see it because they’re shopping in a lower price range. The buyers who do it will quickly realize that there are other homes in the same price range that offer more value.
Smells can come from a number of sources – pets, lack of cleanliness, stale air, water damage, and much more. You may not even notice it, but your real estate agent may have hinted to you that something needs to be done.
There’s not a buyer in the world that will buy a home that smells unless they’re investors looking for a bargain. Even so, they’ll get a forensic inspection to find out the source of the smells. If they find anything like undisclosed water damage, or pet urine under the “new” carpet, then they will either severely discount their offer or walk away.
If your tables are full to the edges with photos, figurines, mail, and drinking glasses, buyers’ attention is going to more focused on running the gauntlet of your living room without breaking any Hummels than in considering your home for purchase.
Too much furniture confuses the eye – it makes it really difficult for buyers to see the proportions of rooms. If they can’t see what they need to know, they move on to the next home.
Deferred maintenance is a polite euphemism for letting your home fall apart. Just like people age due to the effects of the sun, wind and gravity, so do structures like your home. Things wear out, break and weather, and it’s your job as a homeowner to keep your home repaired.
Your buyers really want a home that’s been well-maintained. They don’t want to wonder what needs to fixed next or how much it will cost.
The reason people are looking at your home instead of buying brand new is because of cost and location. They want your neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean they want a dated-looking home. Just like they want a home in good repair, they want a home that looks updated, even if it’s from a different era.
Harvest gold and avocado green from the seventies; soft blues and mauves from the eighties, jewel tones from the nineties, and onyx and pewter from the oughts are all colorways that can date your home. Textures like popcorn ceilings, shag or berber carpet, and flocked wallpaper can also date your home.
When you’re behind the times, buyers don’t want to join you. They want to be perceived as savvy and cool.
In conclusion, the market is a brutal mirror. if you’re guilty of not putting money into your home because you believe it’s an investment that others should pay you to profit, you’re in for a rude awakening. You’ll be stuck with an asset that isn’t selling.
Most homebuyers don’t need maids’ quarters. They don’t necessarily appreciate a model railroad track encircling the backyard. Or want towel bars fabricated out of horse shoes.
The mainstream buyer’s idea of the American dream is a four-bedroom, 1,800- to 2,000-square-foot house with a livable floor plan and neutral decor.
Some homes don’t fit that mold: Their owners have personalized them with unique, unexpected or odd features. Those features could potentially make the home difficult to sell.
The unusual feature can even be something that doesn’t fit the home or the neighborhood.
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Do you have an unusual house and would like to sell it in Southern California. Contact Melody Pike for her skills in helping you sell your home. If the house/property is outside Southern California, contact Melody, she can help you connect with a Realtor where the property is located.