Preparing to Sell
It’s important to make sure your property looks its best from the moment it goes onto the market. Staging your home for sale. Home staging is one of the most important factors in selling a home. Staging a home effectively can result in your home selling in a much shorter amount of time and for a higher price.
Most buyers form an opinion about a home within the first 7-10 seconds of arriving. Additionally, Over 90% of home searches begin online. A picture is worth a thousand words. Making sure your home is effectively staged before photos are taken for your listing will significantly increase your chances of selling. A 2011 study by the Real Estate Staging Association found that homes staged prior to listing sold an average of 79% faster than homes staged after being listed. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average staging investment is between 1 and 3% of the home's asking price, which generates a return of 8 to 10%. That's a pretty good investment. Consider hiring a professional home stager. Ask your agent for advice on staging your home. It can be difficult to see your own home with fresh eyes. Bahamas Realty agents will give you honest advice about what you can do to help get your home in sale condition and can put you in touch with a professional homes stager who will usually offer a free no obligation consultation.
Property Presentation Checklist
Prepare and stage the home.
- Declutter and depersonalize. Remove or reduce family photos, décor items and knick knacks.
- Clean the ceiling fans
- Dust and wipe down walls and baseboards
- Vacuum, mop and/or clean carpets. Remove soiled rugs
- Launder or vacuum the window treatments
- Clean bathrooms and remove items from the counters
- Wash the windows
- Replace or repair damaged blinds
- Replace blown light bulbs, and outdated lighting fixtures.
- Remove excess books, magazines and toys
- Tidy closets. Remove seasonal items and organize loose clothing.
- Remove excess furniture pieces. Keeping furnishings minimal will make the rooms appear larger.
- Use rooms for their intended purposes
- Touch-up paint on walls and trim. Consider repainting walls a fresh neutral shade. Fresh paint can sell a house!
- Consider hiring a professional home stager to help you get the highest return
Additional items in the kitchen – The kitchen is one of the most important rooms when it comes to selling your home.
- Box up all extra plates and serving pieces.
- Organize your spice rack and pantry
- Move appliances you seldom use to your cabinets or pantry
- Scrub your sink
- Change the drip pans on your stove top
- Clean the oven
- Clean and declutter the fridge
- Wipe down all appliances
- Make any necessary repairs
Increase curb appeal – The exterior attractiveness of your home will be the first impression for the buyer.
- Wash windows
- Check for rot and mildew
- Spot clean, if needed
- Pressure wash, and touch up paint, if needed
- Sweep the front porch/stoop
- Trim the lawn and hedges
- Place fresh potted flowers around your front door
- Purchase a new welcome mat
- Remove excess garden furniture/toys and garden equipment
Preparing for showings and open houses
- Keep the home in show-ready condition at all times
- Make it easy for agents to show the home when you're not available by setting up lockboxes or giving your agent a key for appointments
- Open blinds and turn on lights so that the home is bright
- Turn on a/c so that buyers are welcomed to a cool environment that they can imagine themselves relaxing in
- Ensure the kitchen is clean. Don’t leave dishes in the sink or dish drainer. Leave the counters clutter-free
- Make beds and remove or tidy away any laundry
- Leave the home smelling fresh. Brew a pot of coffee, burn a scented candle.
- Remove pet odors. Tuck away food/water dishes; remove soiled pet beds and litter-boxes. Clean up pet droppings in the yard.
- Put away toys