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How Important Is Your Garage When Selling Your Home

Like all good questions…..it depends. With some garages, they are very important when selling your home and in others it really doesn’t matter.

When it is most important is when you have one of those picture perfect garages like you see in a magazine. Finished floors, beautiful storage cabinets, a wood workers dream set up.

 

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If you are blessed enough with one of those garages it is valuable and you need to show it off. So that means your garage needs to be cleaned out, organized, polished and shined. You are probably asking more money because of those features so you need to treat them as the asset they are.

old garageIf you have a garage that is so old and small it barely holds the lawnmowers, it really isn’t a big deal and you don’t need to spend a lot of time getting it spiffed up. But you don’t want it to look trashed either. You still want to make sure it is in good repair, no chipped paint and organized if possible but it is not on the top of your ‘to do’ list.

Many of us have that in-between garage. It’s nice enough, holds 2-3 cars but it’s just a garage. Then what? I get asked a lot about the garage when I am doing Home Staging Consultations. It is a great question and this is how I almost always answer it:

  1. It is low on  your priority list. Get the things done inside the house first.
  2. Buyers know you are moving so they will understand if you have bins stacked in there or a few pieces of furniture.
  3. Still organize it as best as you can. Have boxes and bins stacked neatly along a wall or neatly in one stall. Clean up scattered items, sweep it out and clean it up.
  4. If you have a special feature in an area like a work bench or great shelving then make sure that is clean and visable.

 

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All in all don’t sweat the garage factor but do the best you can.

 

Do I Need to Stage My House in a Hot Market?

“Do I need to stage my house in a hot market?” That is a very good question. Houses are selling in record time so it makes sense to ask. Just how much work do you need to put into getting your home in top selling condition and ‘staging’ your home?  hot-market

The word ‘staging’ can mean so many things to different people. Many think that staging means taking all of your furnishings out and bringing in all new. That may be the case for people moving out of state or into their new home before listing their current home, but most of the time that is not what staging is.

Home Staging really is about ALL the things that go into getting your home ready such as cleaning, repairs, painting, updates, upgrades and on down to the smallest details of what to leave on a bedside table. The MLS photos are so important and are what first gets a buyer’s attention to get them in your door. A Home Staging consultation will get your home ready for it’s glamour shots.  House Pull

But again, it’s a hot market so is that important? It depends on if getting top dollar on one of  your largest assets is important to you. That really is what it comes down to. Will your home sell without staging, yes. Will it sell quicker, for more money or maybe even over asking price if it is staged? Very likely right now.

bidding_war_1279585977-1080×627  In the homes that Rooms With Style have worked on recently, many have sold in a couple days (50 showings in a weekend means those MLS photos were amazing) and many with multiple offers (some over asking price). One $50,000 over asking and another $200,000 over asking!!

Staging your home does not guarantee you will receive more than your asking price or even a full price offer as so many other factors come in to play. Location, fair asking price to begin with etc. But are you potentially leaving money on the table if you don’t stage your home?  dollar sign

A Home Staging Consultation is always the best place to start. Get your ‘to do’ list and take it from there. An experienced home staging professional can walk through your home with you and give you a list of the best things to do to receive the best return on your investment.

If your  home is going to be vacant, I highly recommend staging the key rooms with furniture and accessories. Otherwise on the MLS photos it is just empty room after empty room. So underwhelming for the buyer scrolling through a lot of homes. The furnishings will not only enhance the space on the photos, it will define the space and look larger with furniture in the rooms when they enter. Empty rooms actually look smaller believe or not. With a staged room versus an empty room they will not need to wonder if their sofa will fit or where the TV goes.

So the potential is great in a hot market for getting the most for your home, in a short period of time, if you spend some money up front to get it staged. Nothing in life is a guarantee but the cost of staging is almost always less than the rewards received from it.

 

Preparing Your Master Bath for Selling Your Home

In my last post I gave some tips on how to prepare your Master Bedroom for sale. Now let’s look at the Master Bath. I once again want you to think of the best 5 star hotel you’ve ever seen and remember it’s bathroom. What did you see? Not much! And that’s how your bathroom should be.

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Be sure to take out:

  • Makeup
  • Jewelry
  • Toothbrushes
  • ALL items from the shower including hanging caddies
  • Plungers and bathroom scales.
  • Toilet bowl  cleaning brushes (why do these sit out by toilets anyway? They are not decorations! That is a pet peeve of mine but I digress, ha)
  • Kleenex and extra toilet paper
  • Rugs, especially by the toilet, but usually everywhere unless  you have an extra large bathroom.

Once you have a much more empty space you can move on to the most important thing …...CLEAN! Squeaky clean. The cleanliness of your bathrooms is a tell tale sign to buyers about the rest of the home. A buyer may overlook something that is outdated if it is clean. So we are talking toilet, tile, grout, vanity tops, floor, tub, must be scrubbed and then scrubbed again.

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Repair cracked tile or grout. If your bathtub has major stains you may need to look at resurfacing it. Outdated or non-working fixtures are usually an inexpensive item to replace. The faucet should be shiny and in working order!

Check out your lighting. Does it need to be updated and is it bright enough? Light and bright in the bathrooms is a must.

Let’s talk color. You won’t find too many top hotels with color in the bathrooms. Light, white and tranquil is the look you are going for. A new fresh light paint color may be needed and the icing on that is fresh white towels. Don’t wash them and hang them out for your photos and showings only. They are your pretend towels for a bit and you can begin to use them in your new home.

 

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Now step back and see how the bathroom makes you feel. Calm and tranquil? Do you need a bit of accessorizing to add a touch of elegance. A small tray with lotions, a piece of greenery?

 

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As with all rooms, a useful tool is your smart phone. Take a picture of the room and look at it with an objective eye of what the buyer will see .