Selling your home can be a very emotional experience - whether you've lived there for 2, 10 or 20 years,its where you and your family have grown and shared life's memories.
As a 30+ year old family owned company nobody understands families more than Mike Thomas!
No one sells more listings in Northeast Indiana than Mike Thomas Associates. MikeThomas has the highest percentage of listings sold and the highest average numberof homes sold per agent.
Mike Thomas Realtors are experienced professionals who can help you get the most from your home. A Mike Thomasprofessional can help you assess your property and make suggestions that will help you sell your home faster and atthe best possible selling price.
Check for clutter both inside and outside of your home. Trim the bushes, freshen up your flowerbeds and make sureto mow the yard regularly. Is the front entrance neat and presentable? Maybe the front door could use a coat of paint.If you need a list of people who can help spruce up your home - just ask the professionals form Mike Thomas Associates!
Make sure you turn on the lights both inside and outside your home at night. Show off your exciting architecturalfeatures in dramatic way. Many times a qualified prospect will want to view your home after the sun sets - give thema lasting impression that says buy me!
Clean out closets. Remove clutter from rooms. Rearrange the furniture to enhance room size and traffic flow. Need Help?Ask your Mike Thomas agent they can recommend many qualified decorators who can make your home easier to sell and on a budget too.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted.You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask,"I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."
Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what abuyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well.This means:
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkwaysand put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room tableto make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of roomto move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier inthe dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it.Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.
Contrary to what you might think, it's about more than preparing the house for sale.Staging is what you do after you've cleaned, decluttered, painted, made minor repairs; it's all about dressing the house for sale.
It's about adding the small details: the lipstick, mascara and, for simplicity, a stunning, single strand of Tahitian pearls.
Professional stagers are highly skilled artists. They can take a blank canvas and paint a sensuous portrait without ever lifting apaint brush. Stagers possess the skills of a top-level designer and they create dramatic scenery that appeals to all five senses.Here are some of their secrets:
Stagers bring in a vast array of items to spruce up the house. Here is a small sampling of items professional stagers often use todress each room. How they are utilized is limited only by the creativity and vision of the stager.
The idea behind staging is to allow rooms to show themselves. "If your home is vacant, it's soulless,". "Without staging it could remain on the market for many months." The kitchen is the"heart of the home.
Bring in the outdoors inside through the use of greenery and plants; in creating clean, crisp spaces andarranging furniture with plenty of room to walk around. Bathrooms are essential to dress well. "Bathrooms shouldlook open, airy and delightful,". One trick is to add baskets filled with spa treatments suchas:
The back yard needs staging, too. For patios and decks, Dawna brings in plants and potted flowers, and adds additional colorby setting the picnic table with bright, plastic dinner plates.
Prices vary depending on where you live and the local demand for professionalhome staging. Coastal areas and large metropolitan cities where home staging has been prevalent for years command higherprices. Some real estate agents help sellers Stage the home themselves. Most listing agents agree, however, thatvacant homes show better with staging and will encourage sellers to hire a professional stager. Fees range from $500 to $5,000 ormore, depending on square footage and the number of rooms staged.