As a former mortgage banker and real estate investor I can tell you that one of the most stressful times in your life is going to be the time you try and sell a house. What makes it even more stressful is when you cannot figure out why the house is not selling.
In my experience more often than not homes are sold with either the current occupants furniture and style in the house or with no furniture and style at all. You know what I mean, the bare wall and freshly cleaned carpet look. The fact of the matter is that we as humans are “visual” creatures. We need to see it to believe it.
Why would that matter to you when you are trying to sell a house? Simple, if you can show them a house that they can actually “see” themselves living in then you have got yourself a sale.
Believe it or not there are actual companies out there that specialize in staging homes. At the very worst you can always go to a rent a center and rent the furniture you need to stage the home to make it sell. Or, if you are an investor planning on flipping many homes you can buy “props” like fake flat panel’s, computers, and all kinds of accessories that can be reused over and over again.
Look, a very simple search on the internet will prove to you the worth of my words. A great company you can check out for yourself is www.stagedbydesign.com.
Next, make sure you have a professional come in and clean up that yard. I cannot even begin to tell you how important that initial “wow” factor is when it comes to “curb appeal.” A professional touch can make all the difference in the world.
One last little secret of the pros, next time you have an open house, bake some fresh chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls or fresh croissants. There is just something completely appealing about the smell of fresh baked goods in the oven to make a house feel like a home.
By tapping into the strongest senses of people that are proven to be the strongest triggers to eviscerate an emotional response, sight and smell, you can easily change a “dud” home into a hot “sale” with just a few adjustments to your presentation.
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