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"Attract the greatest number of buyers to sell your house fast"
March 2017 Newsletter-
Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
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Curb Appeal is Important to get buyers in the front door!

Tips to Attract the Greatest Number of Buyers and Sell Your House Fast


I was recently honored to be asked by Alaska Home Magazine to write an article for their "Ask the Experts" column! The article will be published in an upcoming issue, but here is a preview for you!

The question posed by one of the readers was: 

Q: We are planning to put our home on the market and are hoping for a quick sell. What are your top staging tips for appealing to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers?

Here was my response:

A: Congratulations on being proactive and considering how to best invest your time and money to assure a fast sale and of course, the highest sales price!

First, get an “objective” idea of how buyers may view your house. We all have problem areas that we no longer “see” because we live with them every day. A consultation with a home stager and advice from your realtor can provide this.

Consider who your likely “buyer” is and what they want. A home stager can help you determine and appeal to your “target market”.
In addition, doing the following things will help attract the greatest number of buyers:
  • Make it spotless.
  • Paint neutral colors to make everything look fresh and new. Neutral colors will go with most buyers’ belongings.
  • Declutter so you only have about half the items that you normally live with. Cluttered rooms or too much furniture will make your space look smaller than it is.
  • Remove personal photos for your own safety and to help buyers visualize their family living there.
  • Repair needed items. Most buyers want a property that is move-in ready.
  • Don’t leave it vacant. Buyers will focus on the flaws since they have nothing else to look at! When buyers make an emotional connection and can see themselves living there, the house will sell! It is hard for buyers to visualize how their belongings will fit, or to make that emotional connection with a vacant property.
  • Upgrade outdated lighting or old carpeting. Your stager or realtor can advise you on which upgrades will provide a good return on your investment in the final sales price.
  • Clean and maintain your yard and make the front door area look welcoming. Great curb appeal will assure buyers make it inside to see your beautiful house.
  • Get professional photos! Most buyers shop online and will decide about viewing your house in a few seconds. Great photos are critical.
Finally, when showing your house, make sure all lights are on; curtains are open, toilet seats are closed, personal items are out of view in the bathrooms, and remove all evidence of pets. Best of luck on a fast sale!

If you would like additional information on this topic, check out some of my blog articles such as "Preparing for your Photo Shoot" and "My Top Ten Home Staging Tips".
Paint neutral colors to make things look fresh and new and so that rooms will go with most buyers belongings.
Don’t leave it vacant. Buyers will focus on the flaws since they have nothing else to look at! It is hard for buyers to visualize how their belongings will fit, or to make that emotional connection with a vacant property.

Thanks and stay in touch!


Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read my newsletter. I hope you found some helpful information!

I would love to hear from you about some of your challenges related to selling your home, home staging or decorating to help provide ideas for helpful articles for you.  Mary Ann
 
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