It’s a perfect home seller’s market right now. The March national median listing price was up 15.6% compared to last year, and large metro areas saw a price increase of 12.1%, according to data from Realtor.com. And home sellers aren’t having to wait too long to sell. Across the nation, typical homes stayed on the market just 54 days in March — six days less than the same month last year. And, depending on where your home is located, it could sell even faster.
“Donate anything that you don’t want, pack up small items, such as collections of dolls, toys, etc. and put away anything that doesn’t belong in a room. Pack up family photos, diplomas (and) trophies to help depersonalize so that buyers can imagine themselves living in the space. You can store boxes neatly in your garage or rent out a storage unit.”
“Small rugs should be removed from areas throughout the home like bathroom mats and rugs in the kitchen, said Heather Unger, broker and owner at LemonTree Realty. “Alternatively, adding a bright mat outside the front door is welcoming and makes a good first impression.”
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“Paint is inexpensive, but the returns can be great!” said Mark J. Schmidt, broker associate at RE/MAX Country in Milltown, New Jersey. “I just had a client who had a very dark family room with wood paneling. I advised them to paint over it, or take it down and paint. They took my advice, and the room not only looked amazing, (but) it helped them get 12 offers on their home!”
“One of the easiest ways to stage a home is to add fresh aromatic flowers,” said Marina Vaamonde, a commercial real estate investor and the founder of PropertyCashin. “Aromatic compounds have a direct impact on people’s moods. The scent of flowers can quickly put people in a positive mental state, making it easier for them to say “YES!” to a prospective home.”
“I recommend adding several pots in critical locations like the foyer, living room, dining room, bedrooms and comfort rooms,” Vaamonde said. “Putting them in aesthetic jars also add to their appeal, so make sure to put extra effort into finding a nice vase or pot that complements the home’s style and palette. Here are some (flower) suggestions: citrus, Arabian jasmine, oncidium orchid and passionflower.”
Cost: $9.29 for each bulb, $14.99 for a set of curtains
“The easiest (and cheapest) thing you can do to maximize your results is simply switching out all of the bulbs to high-wattage ones,” said Chloe Tucker at SERHANT. “This makes the space feel extra bright and welcoming.”
“Another great trick, especially if you are trying to spruce up space with a bad view is to add a sheer curtain,” she said. “This helps to give the illusion of lots of sun coming in and also draws the eye away from a possibly not-so-great
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