Are you finally ready to sell your home? You’re not the only one. Ads for houses for sale by owners are popping up all over Craigslist, Zillow, and other real estate listing resources in Miami-Dade, Florida. What can you do to make sure your property stands out from the competition? Two words: home staging.
Did you know that the beautiful homes on popular media outlets like HGTV and Pottery Barn have all been staged? Your home needs to look just as organized and well designed when you put it on the market. When you have limited time and funds, staging can help you sell your house quickly.
Before we delve into the basics of home staging, we have a message for Miami-Dade home sellers. If you want to take the realtor (and their commission) out of the selling process, Abode1 offers the perfect solution. We provide the virtual professional assistance you need throughout the selling process for a flat 1% fee. And we even give you, the seller, the ability to negotiate with the buyer’s broker if one is involved in the deal.
How does it work?
What makes Abode1 unique is that we have no established contractual obligation to the buyer’s broker. Instead, Abode1 assists our sellers in negotiating any cooperation broker fee during contract negotiations. This is how it should be, as the fee should reflect the entire contract offer’s price, terms, and conditions. Abode1 offers an advantage you cannot enjoy with a traditional real estate transaction in which the buyer’s broker typically commands a 3% commission regardless of the contract offer.
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What Is Staging?
Staging is a technique that real estate professionals use to prepare a home for the market. The furniture is rearranged during the home staging process, and the house is expertly decorated to emphasize its best features and impress potential buyers. Also, good staging has the power to mask flaws and turn awkward areas into usable spaces, making the property look good in listing photos.
Research has shown that staged homes are likely to sell three times faster than homes that aren’t staged. According to real estate professionals, staging can increase a home’s value by up to 10 percent.
Why Staging Is Important When Selling a House
Staging a home is crucial for two main reasons. First, the goal behind selling your home is to make a profit. You don’t want to have to settle for anything below your house market value. A study conducted by the National Association of Realtors revealed that staging could increase a home’s offer by 1% to 5%.
Purchasing a home is a significant financial investment. Most of the time, buyers need to create an emotional attachment with a property before investing their money. Some people can’t see past what’s in front of them. That’s where staging comes in. Staging shows interested parties how they can utilize the space. Good staging allows prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in the home.
Tips for Properly Staging a Home
While some homeowners hire a professional to help stage their home, there are some things you can do on your own to achieve great results. Here are our top tips for staging a house on any budget:
When you’ve lived in a house for years, you tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. Decluttering your home should be the first thing you do, and you should do it before you start inviting prospective buyers into your home. Clutter can be very distracting. Eyes will be more drawn to all your belongings rather than the actual space.
It’s time to clean like you never have before. From the floors, ceilings, and the tiny crevices in between, you should clean every inch of your house. A thoroughly cleaned home shows potential buyers that the property has been well-maintained. The goal is to make everything sparkle like new.
3. Install new flooring
Dirty, stained, and scuffed flooring is a big turnoff. Outdated flooring materials such as linoleum and even carpet aren’t as aesthetically pleasing. Before you put your house on the market, it’s a good idea to have the flooring replaced. Although hardwood floors are expensive, they do add style and value. Synthetic flooring materials that simulate hardwood flooring also make great options. Hardwood flooring appeals to more people than other flooring materials.
4. Home repairs
Does the kitchen have a leaky faucet? Or perhaps one of your door handles is missing. Cracks in the wall or ceiling can make potential buyers think that your home has foundation issues. Therefore, you’ll want to fill in these holes and cracks as soon as possible. It’s essential to take some time to tick everything off your maintenance list.
5. Front yard
Don’t forget the front yard. Curb appeal is vital, and the first thing buyers will see when they pull up to view your property is the front yard. Make sure you keep the lawn cut. You might even want to consider planting a bed of flowers, applying a fresh coat of paint on the front door, and cleaning the windows facing the front of the house.
Staging a house for sale is a skill. In some instances, it’s best to hire someone with experience staging homes for sale.
Abode1: A Professional and Affordable Service for Selling Your Home
With over three decades of experience selling homes in Miami-Dade, Abode1 can do everything a traditional realtor does, except go to your home. From listing and pricing to closing the deal, we handle every aspect of the selling process — all for a modest 1% fee. And, as we mentioned, one of the most significant advantages Abode1 offers our clients is the ability to negotiate with the buyer’s broker if one is involved in the real estate deal. We will help you negotiate any cooperation broker fee during contract negotiations, an advantage you cannot enjoy with a traditional real estate transaction in which the buyer’s broker typically commands a 3% commission regardless of the contract offer.
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