From your reading chair you glance around your family room, and take a sip of coffee from the warm mug cupped in your hands. You smile as you relive the memories wrapped around the room. But the smell of the coffee brings you back to reality.
Things will start to get tight if this home doesn’t sell soon. Thinking about it is overwhelming. Where do you start? What will you do with all this stuff? All you can think is, “I need to sell my house fast, what can I do?”
Don’t fret, take action.
Listen to the experts who point to home staging as one of the best ways to gain an edge over your competition and sell your home fast. Home staging is all about presenting your property in a way that attracts the most prospects, thereby increasing the odds of selling your house for more money, and faster. Start with these important first steps:
Selling a home that you and/or a loved one have lived in is a stressful experience. And, it’s usually coupled with another emotionally charged event like a job relocation, a promotion, a marriage, a divorce, a parent’s condition, or even a death.
Recognize that you are going through a great deal of emotional upheaval throughout the process. Be gentle with yourself and others.
Slurp Up The Memories
At some point in the selling process you will willingly or unwillingly have to emotionally detach from your home. To help ease the detachment process, think about all of the memories you have collected during the time you have lived in your home. Consciously replay these memories as you move throughout your home over the next days. As you do, cherish each one of them for a few moments, then “pack” them in your memory. Remember, the memories will be with you forever whether you own the home or not.
Shift Your Focus From Home-Owner to Home-Seller
Whether you decide to sell your own home or list it with a realtor, it’s important that you look at your home as a product. Compare it to competing products on the market. Talk with realtors and home staging consultants to educate yourself about what sells and what doesn’t. The sooner you shift your mindset from home-owner to home-seller, the easier it will be to initiate actions that will sell your house.
Prepare for Guests
Now put what you have learned into action. Potential buyers are the most important guests you can entertain right now, and they are naturally attracted to homes that are clean, well-cared for, and move-in ready. Hire a professional if cleaning and home repair are not your forte. Yes, things like clean grout and even the smallest repair can make a difference in the buyer’s mind.
Enable A Vision
Buying a home is not just a financial decision. Home-buyers are looking for the lifestyle that they associate with living in a particular home. Show them what they can expect by presenting them with expressive lighting, emotional connecting points, and well staged living spaces.
Preparing a home for sale can be a positive and rewarding experience. Stay conscious, think home-seller, and clear the way for buyers to visualize how they will live in your house. These small steps can help you sell your home fast!
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