When considering selling your home, the first gems of advice are to de-clutter, de-personalize, and to stage your home. But what does that mean?

First off, hiring an experienced real estate agent who is an expert in preparing a home for market both aesthetically as well as financially is key. A good realtor will explain the need to de-clutter and de-personalize by packing away the majority of your knick knacks along with your personal family photos. When potential buyers walk into your home, they need to see somewhat of a blank canvas. That way, they can visualize their own décor and family photos on the walls. They need to see a minimal amount of your furniture in each room so they can visualize their own furniture in place. The more potential buyers can see themselves settled into your home – the more apt they are to make an offer! Sometimes if your furniture is “tired-looking,” it would be best to place those pieces in storage along with any other boxes you have packed. Leave every room, basement, and garage free of clutter. Amanda Abbott, Seller Specialist of the Nathan Abbott Team, says “You will be surprised how much of a difference some simple de-cluttering makes when presenting the home or condominium to the buyer. In today’s market, it is very important to have the countertops cleared off and the clutter minimized before taking the professional photos. Buyers shop online a lot before even calling the realtor, so putting the best foot forward from the beginning is extremely important. We will walk you through the process and personally help get your property show ready. Our experience and willingness to do so sets us apart from other listing agents.”

What does it mean to stage your home? A good realtor will explain the importance of walking into your home and viewing it through a potential buyer’s eyes. Your realtor should give you expert advice on what needs to go and what should stay before placing your home on the market. Maybe bring in a few fresh pieces such as a vase of fresh flowers or a few new pillows for the couch. Maybe the walls could use a fresh coat of a neutral color of paint. And most importantly, clean, clean, clean. Repair any leaking faucet; make sure all the light bulbs are working. Wax the woodwork and polish the floors. Make your home sparkle. Don’t forget the outside of your home. Take care of any chipped paint, weeds, and untrimmed trees and shrubs. Make sure your home has great curb appeal. Potential buyers want to see that your home has been well taken care of inside and out.

A bit of hard work before your home hits the market will be well worth the effort in getting you a top dollar offer!  Please contact the Nathan Abbott Team at ResortQuest for more information on listing your property today.