Getting Your Home Ready to Sell!

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getting your home ready to sell!

We recently received a question on our Facebook page that we think many more of our followers may be asking themselves. The Question:

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This one question sparked a conversation between our CEO, Terry Belt & Partner Agent, Tom Hanton about not only painting, but staging & re-purposing as well. Be sure to check out the video here.

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Green is fresh, green is fun, green is not everyone’s favorite color. Bold, unique, and funky colors are super cool, but they do not typically work for everyone. When you are listing your home you want someone to walk in and be able to picture themselves living there. You want them to imagine their furniture in your living room, their pictures hung on your walls, and they cannot do that if the wall colors clash with their plans. The best option in this scenario is to re-paint to a much more neutral color (taupe, light grey, beige, tan, etc.). Think model home. You want your home to be a blank slate for a buyers imagination to run wild!

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Welcome home! This house is bright, fresh (without being green), and clean. This is a prime example of a home that is ready to sell. If your walls are a neutral color like in the above photo you are in a good place. Our only tip here would be to pay attention to your base boards and moldings. Make sure they are a bright white. This small tweak will make the room appear much brighter and welcoming to potential buyers.

Painting is a very simple to-do when getting your home ready to sell, and it goes hand in hand with staging. The Belt Team has been in the industry for over 50 years and have formed relationships with some of the best stagers in the industry. We often coordinate consultations for our clients with our favorite stagers when we are trying to get their home ready for the market. Having a professional come in takes a lot of the stress off of you during an already stressful time. If your budget doesn’t allow for full staging, there is also the option of re-purposing. This is a simple fix when you’ve got the pieces, but they are not being used in the most optimal way. A professional stager can come in and re-purpose your furniture, decorations, etc. and create a scene that a buyer will be blown away by.

Below is an example of re-purposing a room! This was one of our past listings. When the room being setup as a bedroom was not working, our stager came in and suggested turning it into a recreation room instead. We got much better feedback with this setup from potential buyers.

Overall the decision to paint, stage, and re-purpose is 100% up to the seller. Your agent’s job is to help you make those decisions and suggest the best game plan for the quickest sale of your home. Like most things in real estate there is never a simple answer to most questions. We hope these few tips can help you consider the best options to get your home market ready!

If you have any other questions or topics you want us to cover please do not hesitate to reach out!

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When Selling Your Home, Do You Need to Stage It?

We are often asked whether or not a home needs to be “staged” when selling. And the answers is “It depends”.

There are different degrees of staging and your Realtor can help you decide which one works best for you.

1. CLEAN & SIMPLE

The most simple staging involves you preparing your home for market by cleaning & streamlining your house to look as appealing as possible. Your Realtor can do a walkthrough with you and give suggestions. This could include quick fixes like cleaning out your closets so they are only 1/3 full (so buyers feel like there is plenty of storage), clearing your kitchen counters (so buyers envision ample counter space) or hanging baskets of flowers on your front porch (for a friendly, welcome pop of color). There is no additional cost for this option.

2. STAGING CONSULT

The next level up might include a consultation with a professional stager. In Northern Virginia, this could cost in the $300+ range – depending on how much time the stager spends with you. The stager meets with you in your home, walks through with you and provides you with tips to implement to make your home more appealing. The stager might suggest things like removing certain pieces of furniture, rearranging others, removing draperies or regrouping wall hangings – to increase appeal, draw buyers’ eyes away from (or toward) certain features of your home and to help them envision how they would live there.

3. PARTIAL & FULL STAGING

Full staging is often used for new and/or vacant homes. The staging company will furnish some or all of your rooms. It’s a lot easier for Buyers to picture themselves in a home when the stager paints the picture for them. Partial staging is also an option and the stager can help you with storing some of your furniture, bringing in better pieces and developing a cohesive and attractive color scheme that appeals. As an example, you may have a HUGE dining room table – which is great for having the whole family for holiday meals. But if it overwhelms your dining room, potential Buyers may rule your home out because the dining room feels small. A stager can store your table and bring in one of her own that is more conducive to the room size.

Here’s an example of what happens when you stage and your competition does not!

Recently, we put a condo on the market. There were a number of other units in the same condominium for sale. None of the others were staged. And they had been on the market for a while.

When we listed our unit, we provided a staging consultation to our Sellers and at our recommendation the Seller went with Option 3. The cost for staging was $1,450.

Here’s what it looked like:

3000 Spout Run Parkway #A504 Arlington VA

When our unit came on the market, the others all reduced their prices.So – what happened? Was it worth it?

Absolutely! Within one weekend, our Seller’s unit was under contract. What about the others? Well – weeks later they are still for sale. And we know that per NAR stats, the longer a home is on the market, the less it will sell for.

Contact Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you are thinking of selling. We are happy to provide you with our FREE REPORT “90 Tips To Prepare Your Home For Market” .

 

To Stage or Not To Stage – THAT Is The Question!

  • Should you “stage” your home before you put your home on the market?
  • Does it really make a difference?
  • Is it worth the money & time spent?

These are great questions! Here is the research-based answer:

The Belt Team is all about maximizing profits for our Sellers. It’s why we pay for a PROFESSIONAL stager to consult with all of our Sellers before they go on the market. We go the extra mile to ensure you get the most when you sell your home.

If you’re thinking of selling a home in Northern Virginia, call Belt Team CEO, Terry Belt, at (703) 242-3975. We’ll schedule your listing consultation, and schedule a consultation with our professional stager so you are ready when we send a professional photographer to shoot the photos of your home!

Terry Belt & The Belt Team: Ranked in the Top 10 Real Estate Teams in The State of VA by Wall Street Journal

Does Staging Your Home Make A Difference In Sales Price?

If you’re selling your home, you may be thinking about staging & whether it’s really necessary. Maybe you’re wondering . . . . .

  • What percentage of Sellers stage their homes?
  • And what’s the return on investment?

If so, check out this short video and then contact The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975. We work with stagers that can make magic happen. But we can also advise you personally on whether YOUR home needs staging or not. It’s not always necessary and we make it a point to advise our clients on what is best for them. We don’t want you to have to spend money if it’s not in your best financial interests! (That’s one reason our clients think we are the best Realtors in Northern VA!)