Preparing to put your home on the market.

Kansas City Colony in 32963, Jon Bastian Listing Agent, Nancy Bastian Listing Agent, Lake Worth Listing Agent, Vero Beach Listing Agent Polo Club listing AgentIf you watch HGTV, the listing agents always tell sellers to clear the clutter and depersonalize their homes before putting them on the market. While I agree with that statement, some people take it too far, and make their homes feel cold and unloved. There is a way to strike a balance between the two.

For example, when you watch the programs where the contractors remodel then flip the homes, you will notice that while they try their best not to offend any one set of buyers, they always keep the home’s decor welcoming. They put up artwork, spread around decorative pieces with some bright colors, put comfy throws and pillows on the couches so a prospective buyer isn’t put off by walking into an empty, uninspiring home.  The Agent wants buyers to walk in and feel like this is going to be their new home.

It can be a very difficult task to decide what is clutter and what’s not. The most productive way to make your home appealing is to hire a professional.  If you can put aside some funds, it really can pay off to have an interior designer, decorator, or even a professional home stager come in and help you out.

Make it clear what your intentions are right up front. If you know that your furniture is well worn and you will like a new look for your next home, it could be a great time to begin a relationship with an interior designer. They can help you refine your vision, while at the same time making your current home look more appealing. Should you simply want advice, then find out what the fee is for a consultation and leave it at that.

I have worked with designers who will come in, walk through a home, and give the homeowners a list of things they would take out of the home for the purpose of the sale, and help them work with their current furnishings. But let’s face it. If your family room couch is ten years old and looking shabby, it’s going to be time to replace it. No one’s going to recommend you keep it.

Remember, no matter how hot the market is, an over-priced, poorly furnished, messy home is not likely to sell. If it does get offers, they will be much lower than what you will like.

Spruce up your yard, get rid of dead plants, pull the weeds, water your lawn and plant some brightly colored flowers in the front. If your home looks a little grimy, have it power washed. Clear the clutter but keep the personality of the home.

If you watch HGTV, the listing agents always tell sellers to clear the clutter and depersonalize their homes before putting them on the market. While I mostly agree with that statement, some people take it too far, and make their homes feel cold and unloved. There is a way to strike a balance between the two.

For example, when you watch the programs where the contractors remodel then flip the homes, you will notice that while they try their best not to offend any one set of buyers, they always keep the home’s decor welcoming. They put up artwork, spread around decorative pieces with some bright colors, put comfy throws and pillows on the couches so a prospective buyer isn’t put off by walking into an empty, uninspiring home.  The Agent wants buyers to walk in and feel like this is going to be their new home.

It can be a very difficult task to decide what is clutter and what’s not. The most productive way to make your home appealing is to hire a professional.  If you can put aside some funds, it really can pay off to have an interior designer, decorator, or even a professional home stager come in and help you out.

Make it clear what your intentions are right up front. If you know that your furniture is well worn and you will like a new look for your next home, it could be a great time to begin a relationship with an interior designer. They can help you refine your vision, while at the same time making your current home look more appealing. Should you simply want advice, then find out what the fee is for a consultation and leave it at that.

I have worked with designers who will come in, walk through a home, and give the homeowners a list of things they would take out of the home for the purpose of the sale, and help them work with their current furnishings. But let’s face it. If your family room couch is ten years old and looking shabby, it’s going to be time to replace it. No one’s going to recommend you keep it.

Remember, no matter how hot the market is, an over-priced, poorly furnished, messy home is not likely to sell. If it does get offers, they will be much lower than what you will like.

Spruce up your yard, get rid of dead plants, pull the weeds, water your lawn and plant some brightly colored flowers in the front. If your home looks a little grimy, have it power washed. Clear the clutter but keep the personality of the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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