Have you seen those cable TV shows about staging, flipping, and selling? So much can be learned in an evening of watching HGTV. Even though you like the way you arrange your furniture or the colors on your walls, pick a soothing color palette, clear out the family photos, and your home will sell faster, and for more money. The soft and decorative side of staging is backed by the hard fact that clean and neutral sells. Staging is a business decision that can have a huge impact on your financial return and timeline.
Real estate agents like great-looking homes because they are easier to sell. An agent’s job is to please their clients, and they will direct their buyers to the homes they think they will buy. Some buyers have a difficult time separating their feelings from the fact that walls can be painted and small changes can make a huge difference in the homes they’re looking to buy. Buyers gravitate to listings that look good and are in move-in condition.
Agents speak to other agents who are also directing their buyers to the best homes on the market. An attractive listing will build excitement and be shown more often as agents arrive in droves to get a good look for their buyers. This excitement gives you more market exposure which is critical to a quick and profitable sale.
Buyers are looking for value, just like you are. When prices are flat, buyers tend to perceive that the house is worth the price.