Furniture Placement Key When Selling Your Home
By Bobby Freeman // January 17, 2014
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ABOVE VIDEO: Tips on maximizing the furniture and lighting you have to make a lasting impression on potential buyers. Learn more about the key areas and features that are most important to buyers so you can ensure your home is fit to sell quickly — and for top dollar.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Housing industry experts are already saying that we are in seller’s market making it very important to grab every advantage when you’re trying to sell your home.
Staging – Furniture placement is critical as it will show off any room to its full potential. How is your furniture placed? Do buyers need to move around your furniture to get around? Is your furniture oversized making the room look smaller?
Decorate your home to appeal to the broadest possible range of buyers can make the difference between a quick sale or a your home sitting on the market for a long time.
Fortunately, many of the most effective staging tips are also inexpensive, from a thorough cleaning to decorator details. Here are some staging tricks and tips that don’t cost a bundle:
• Cleanliness Counts! Believe me, nothing turns off buyers faster than a dirty house especially a house with cigarette smoke smell.
Before you list your house I strongly suggest a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning. A professional cleaning person may charge only a couple hundred dollars but consider this an investment and not an expense. Make sure not to overlook little details like baseboards, ceiling fans, blinds and shower doors.
• Paint Those Walls! Painting is one of the cheapest, easiest ways to help your home look fresh and great. Choose neutral colors that will appeal to the broadest range of buyers. Personally I love white baseboards with a neutral beige/sand wall color.
• Spruce Up Outdoors! If you have a deck, patio and/or balcony do whatever it takes to spruce it up. A power-washer can do a lot of cleaning in a short amount of time. Staging outside is just as important as the inside.
Fresh mulch and plants will make a difference as well. Stain any old, tired-looking wooden decks. If you don’t have a patio or deck you can create an appealing outdoor seating area. Just mark off an area using stones or plastic edgers then fill in with gravel or wood chips. Next add an attractive bistro set – with umbrella – to create a pleasant seating spot.
• Brighten The Bath! Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses so make sure these areas are extra clean. Remove your son’s kindergarden art work from the refrigerator.
You don’t have to spend a bundle to make your bathroom more appealing. Add some designer towels that only come out for showings. Put up a fresh shower curtain and get rid of those nasty area rugs that will make buyers think “germs.” Add a small vase of fresh flowers on the vanity.
Staging a home can help make it more appealing to potential buyers, and ensure a fast sale.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bobby Freeman, a life-time resident of Brevard County, has been a top Realtor in the area for two decades. In his first year as an agent, Freeman received a Rising Star award from his Brokers. Since then he has achieved numerous sales awards and has recently been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.
Freeman, Jennifer McCoy and Nikki McCoy Freeman are family partners for RE/MAX Elite’s McCoy-Freeman Group. Together they have more than 30 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate industry and have sold over $200 million. Among McCoy-Freeman Group’s achievement are RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX 100% Club, Certified Distressed Property Experts (CDPE), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and voted Best Realtor in Brevard County. The group has been featured in many news publications including CNN Money Magazine, CNNMoney.com, WFTV 9 ABC News, Coastal Condo Living, & Hot Retirement Towns Magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com.