Preparing Your Home to Be Listed

A Beautiful Slab of Granite Tops Rich Maple Cabinetry with an Intricate Tile Backsplash set off by Under Cabinet Lighting

A Beautiful Slab of Granite Tops Rich Maple Cabinetry with an Intricate Tile Backsplash set off by Under Cabinet Lighting

Today I read an article on the Rismedia Internet site, that I felt really nailed the items a seller should be thinking about when preparing to sell a home.  These are no longer the days of not preparing the house and expecting it to sell for top dollar. 

Staging and preparing the home for sale have become so important that I offer this service for free to all of my sellers from a local company, Balance and Harmony.  I even have a stock of staging items stored for vacant and new construction homes.  All of this has been quite an investment on my part, but I have continued to sell homes in a distressed market. 

  • In this market, I have seen many buyers drive up to listing and not even go in, because the property had no CURB APPEAL.  The property could be beautiful on the inside, but putting your best foot forward starts with the exterior.  Work on keeping the lawn green, adding annuals, fresh mulch, power wash, brush away the cobwebs and replace worn or broken front door hardware and lighting.
  • The KITCHEN is very important to the current home buyers.  Granite topped Maple or Cherry Cabinetry is at the top of their list.  Give the kitchen in your older home a facelift.  Replace outdated hardware or paint your cabinetry if you not afford to replace them.  One of the tips offered in the article was “For a more contemporary look, consider a semi-gloss espresso brown. For a more traditional look, opt for a semi-gloss creamy white. Complete the makeover by adding new hardware. Considering professional help? Ask your local painter if they can spray a lacquer finish on your cabinets. This treatment is more expensive than painting the cabinets yourself but the result looks like a factory finish.”
  • Bathrooms need to be super clean.  No one wants to see any sign of use in a bathroom.  Replace outdated plumbing and light fixtures.
  • Bedrooms should look luxurious and be painted in a restful color.  Lacking Headboards?  The article notes a great, inexpensive way to make one, “Measure the width of your bed and determine the height you prefer. Purchase a ¼ inch piece of plywood fitting these dimensions (ask the store to cut if for you) and cover it with 2 inch foam that fits the dimensions you selected. Wrap the foam and plywood with batting that can be purchased from a craft store. Finally staple gun a fabric of your choice around the headboard you’ve created. You can then hang the headboard behind the bed on the wall as if you were hanging a piece of art using “D” rings and hooks or attach it to your bed frame using bolts and washers.”
  • You are not selling your entertainment center in your GREAT ROOM, you are selling the room.  Center this room around an attractive fireplace or view.  Limit items on the mantle or tables to three.  For instance, add one picture to the mantle with two candle sticks.  Be sure to remove all personal items and personal pictures.

You need to be sure your house is in Tip Top shape prior to putting the sign in the yard.  Remember it only takes one buyer and you only get one chance.

This great information was taken from an article written by Kate Hart. 

Kate Hart is a pioneer in the staging field, having helped hundreds of families and realtors prepare homes for sale through her Philadelphia-area company, Hart & Associates Staging & Design.

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About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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One Response to Preparing Your Home to Be Listed

  1. Chris Moran says:

    Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

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