We’ve had several listings over the last couple of months during this pandemic, so it is possible to buy or sell a home right now. Properties on the market are moving quickly, but there are also some things you should understand before listing your home to overcome the present challenges.
The first thing I want to talk about is www. Staging has been one of those things that people feel is expensive and unnecessary. However, it’s so important to understand the benefits of staging to properly understand its impact.
“You need a great agent on your side, especially these days.”
A recent study from The Mortgage Reports concluded that staged homes sold an average of 73% faster than unstaged homes. The main point of staging is to eliminate clutter, update decor, and adjust furniture layout to improve the flow of the home, making it lighter, brighter, and more inviting. These things can be done on your own, but I would leave the decor and furniture to a professional who does this on a daily basis. Our team provides a free staging consultation to all of our clients.
Next, focus on your curb appeal. Many buyers are conducting drive-bys before they schedule showings, and you want to make a great first impression. A lot of things you can do that are very low cost include power washing your front sidewalk and driveway, hanging modern house numbers, making sure your lawn is green and cut, and getting your flowerbeds weeded with fresh mulch. Great curb appeal leads to great photos that will be warm and inviting to potential buyers.
Finally, it’s important to conduct safe showing alternatives. There are restrictions on how many people can tour your home at one time. Open houses are no more. We’re providing virtual tour options to all of the buyers we’re working with through Matterport 3D photography. It’s very cool and can actually offer maximum exposure online and in person.
Selling during a pandemic can be challenging. That’s why it’s so important to work with a professional who knows that staging, curb appeal, and safe showing alternatives are vital to a successful and profitable sale.
If you have any questions for me, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.