If you want to get top dollar for your home, you must stage it to sell and take excellent pictures of it.
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I am often asked by homeowners whose homes are in good condition and have been well-maintained what else they can do to get top dollar for their home.
Essentially, there are two things you can do.
First, you have to stage your home to sell. This means you have to declutter, get rid off all your personal items, and make your property look like a model home. Grab a Traditional Home or Better Homes and Gardens magazine to get a good idea of what I am talking about. The rooms in these magazines are made to look welcoming, but not cluttered.
In the living room, for instance, remove your rug and showcase your home’s hardwood floors. If you have rugs over the floors of your kitchen and bathrooms, remove them too and make these areas more inviting. In your office, get rid of the sticky notes crowding your computer monitor and take away the papers stacked atop your desk. If you want to go a step further, you can remove the clothes you are not using from your closets to make them more spacious and neat. In the garage, knock down the cobwebs, get rid of the bugs, sweep the floor, and make it look like a cool place to hang out.
Taking the extra time to do these two things will help you maximize your home’s value.
Second, you need to take excellent photos of your home. In my office, my staff photographers use several types of equipment to take the best photos possible for our clients. They use specialized lenses to accentuate the right lighting or get the perfect angle of each room. We also use 3D video to showcase a home’s floor plan and drone video to showcase its exterior. Displaying excellent photos of your home is critical in getting people to actually come to your house once they’ve seen it online.
After that, maintain the staged look buyers saw while looking at your home online, so that this positive impression remains consistent when they visit your property in person. Home staging can also “sell” the appraiser on your home’s value. I always take the time to walk through my clients’ homes and advise them on what to items to move, pack, shift, or get rid of.
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