Home Staging Tips for to Sell for Maximum Profit
It’s a buyer’s market! No, it’s a seller’s market! Are you confused? If you’re getting ready to sell your home, and want to make sure you get the maximum offering price. We’re here to help!
Follow these great tips from Rejuvenate, from finding the right broker to home staging strategies, you can use these expert cleaning tips to help you sell your house for a higher sale price and bigger profit.
Finding the Right Broker
Using a realtor to help you sell your home is of utmost importance. Enlisting the help of a real estate professional will typically result in a higher selling price than trying to sell the home on your own. If you know anyone who has recently sold their home, reach out to them for their recommendations for finding a good agent. So, ask your friends, neighbors and co-workers for a referral, then do your due diligence and research the real estate agent before signing on the dotted line.
Realtor.com offers tips for vetting a potential agent by asking them a series of questions such as how long they’ve been in business, how many houses have they sold in the past year, what is the average listing vs selling price for their listings and what percentage of listings do they actually sell. Also ask about the other marketing methods they use such as social media, print or digital advertising, email marketing, open houses, etc.
List Your Home Online
You’ll want to choose a broker who is familiar with your area so they can pull reports to see what comparable homes in your neighbourhood have listed and sold for. A good realtor will not only offer tips on setting your listing price, and maximizing your homes curb appeal, but also should offer to list your home online.
Did you know that 90% or more of all homebuyers start their search online? That’s a HUGE statistic so it’s extremely important to choose a broker that can help you get great images taken of your home, both inside and out. Your realtor will take care of uploading the photos, and any videos, to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) system and also submit your information to websites such as Trulia, Zillow, Redfin and other top real estate listing sites.
The real estate market is very competitive, you need to present your home in the best possible way to attract attention of motivated buyers. There’s no need to worry if you lack photography skills; many listing agents work with photographers who specialize in real estate photography and videography. Ask your realtor if they offer aerial/drone photography and/or video tours of the interior of the home.
Listen to Your Agent!
Your broker knows the local market - they have years of experience to help their clients (that’s you the home owner) market and sell their home for the highest value possible. If they recommend quick and simple fixes it’s to your advantage to complete as many of these recommendations as possible to improve the curb appeal of your home and get your maximum asking price. Adjustments such as changing the color of your front door - or adding some potted plants to the entryway - don’t cost a lot but make a big impact to someone looking for a new home.
Your broker will more than likely walk your entire home and make recommendations for improving the outside areas (curb appeal!) and suggest the best ways to stage the interior of your home (staging and prepping). Take it one step further with a thorough cleaning of your floors and kitchen cabinets to make your home shine like new.
Staging the Home
There’s always a lot of competition in the home buying and selling market. Staging your home means presenting your home in the best possible method to attract the attention of potential home buyers. These tips are quick and easy to carry out and won’t cost you a dime.
De-cluttering your home means getting rid of all the junk and the mess - pick up all dirty dishes, garbage, clothes, shoes, toys, books, and anything else that isn’t where it belongs. Do a walk-through of your entire home and pick up and put away, or even pack away, items that are cluttering the home. Now is the perfect time to think about getting rid of items that you no longer need or use.
How about donating extra books to the local library or having a yard sale to sell off extra sets of dishes and other small household items. You can visit thrift stores in your area and make a tax-deductible donation of your children’s outgrown clothing that is still in good condition. And many charity organizations have their own trucks – a simple phone call and you can schedule a time to have them pick up any items that are too big to fit in your own car.
The new home owner wants to visualize what it would be like to live in your home. They don’t want to see personal items such as family photos, your children’s artwork projects, or that unicorn collection you’ve been working on since the 3rd grade. You might want to think about renting a storage space to temporarily downsize and clean-up the clutter in your home at least until you’ve sold the home.
Professional home staggers cost upwards of $100 per hour to prepare your home for sale. You can do a few DIY tricks and save bundles! Adding a bowl of fruit in the kitchen, placing a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room table or adding a couple of throw pillows to the couch. Another tip that many real estate brokers suggest is to simmer a pot of spices (think cinnamon, cloves and allspice) during any open houses to help your home smell like fresh-baked cookies.
Stay away from overly powerful odors, such as incense or scented candles, many people are sensitive to overpowering scents. If you’re doing a last-minute cleaning before your next open house, always opt for bleach-free products so as not to overwhelm potential home buyers. Also, if weather permits, you can always open your windows to allow a bit of fresh air circulation, which can help eliminate any lingering odors These quick fixes help make your home feel cozier and create the vision that your house is move-in ready.
Prepping the Home to Maximize Value
Now that all the mess is gone, it’s time to break out the elbow grease and do a complete cleaning to make your home shine like new. Think Spring Cleaning – no one wants to buy a dirty, grimy home – so it’s your job to make your floors, cabinets and other surfaces look their best and show off your home to buyers.
Floors and kitchen cabinets are the two areas of the home that get a lot of scrutiny from people looking to buy a new home. Most people don’t want to take on a home renovation project right after moving to a new home, so it’s your job to make the floors and cabinets shine!
You’re in luck! Rejuvenate carries a complete line of cleaning, restoration and protection products for all areas of your home including your appliances, kitchen cabinets, bathroom counters and more.
Clean and Restore Your Floors
Flooring holds a strong value in your home. Tile, wood, carpet, luxury vinyl – it can cost a bundle to maintain this area of your home. Increase your asking price by cleaning and restoring this crucial part of your home. Follow these tips to clean and restore all floors without investing a lot of your valuable time or money.
Vacuuming gets rid of any surface dust and embedded debris with the added benefit of fluffing up any areas of matted carpet. For old or new stains, there’s no need to freak out – you don’t have to rip out and replace your wall-to-all. Invest in a good cleaning product specifically made for the job, like Rejuvenate’s Carpet Cleaner.
The powerful Spot and Stain Remover safely removes even the most stubborn stains, pet stains, oil/grease, make-up, fruit juice and more from upholstery and carpet. Simply spray on the stain, gently agitate with a microfiber towel, let dry and simply vacuum all your carpet troubles away!
The grout on older tile floors often gets discolored or ages over time. A good tile and grout cleaner, such as Rejuvenate’s Tile and Grout Cleaner, offers easy scrub-free cleaning without a lot of effort. It’s easy to use - spray your tiles then evenly distribute across the floor using a microfiber mop. The grout and tile cleaner will continue to lighten and brighten dingy, old grout lines even after you walk away – what could be easier!?!
Hardwood floors don’t have to be a chore to keep clean, and you don’t have to worry if you have a few minor scrapes or scratches to fix. Rejuvenate’s Wood Floor Repair Markers come in a convenient package of 6 colors, which can be blended to perfectly match the color of your wood floors.
Once you’ve colored in the scratches, and removed any discolorations, then it’s time to complete the floor makeover by restoring that floor to new. Rejuvenate’s Wood Floor Restorer fills in unsightly scratches and other minor damage, leaving behind either a satin or high-gloss finish in an easy mop-on application. This professional finish restores years of wear and tear leaving behind a hard, durable finish after only 1 application.
It doesn’t matter if you have old sheet linoleum floors or a newer vinyl plank or tile floor, Rejuvenate has the perfect product to keep your floors looking their best. Rejuvenate’s Luxury Vinyl Floor Cleaner is the prefect product to use on a daily basis, so you can use it to clean the floor just in time for your next open house!
For a complete wood floor system, try Rejuvenate’s Floor Restorer Kit, available in a gloss or satin finish, to clean, restore and protect your wood floors. The kit includes a bottle of Wood Floor Cleaner, a bottle of Wood Floor Professional Restorer, and 2 microfiber mop bonnet applicators.
Clean and Restore Your Kitchen Cabinets
Unsightly kitchen cabinets got you down? There’s no need to rip out and renovate your entire kitchen. Kitchen cabinets have to be one of, if not the most expensive item to replace in your home. Use these handy tips from Rejuvenate, and our great kitchen cleaning products, to make your cabinets look like new and save bundles!
The first step is to carefully look at the surfaces and fill in any light scratches with Rejuvenate’s Wood Furniture Repair Markers. If any areas of your kitchen cabinets have unsightly water rings, use Rejuvenate’s White Ring & Dark Stain Remover Pens to take care of the job. Then get on with the next steps to clean and restore the cabinets back to new.
Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets
Do you have years of residue built up on your kitchen cabinets? Rejuvenate’s Cabinet & Furniture Cleaner is a pH balanced and residue free cleaner that safely and effectively removes layers of grease, grime and oil from all your cabinets and furniture. The lemon-scented formula is safe enough for everyday use - simply spray on then wipe away with a microfiber towel or polishing pad.
Restore Your Kitchen Cabinets
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your cabinets, it’s time to restore them back to life. Rejuvenate’s Cabinet & Furniture Restorer can be used on kitchen cabinets, furniture and wall panelling including finished wood, Formica and laminate surfaces. The restorer fills in minor scratches, restores their shine and protects against future water damage and new scratches. Application is easy – just use a wipe-on all surfaces with our microfiber applicator for the best results that last up to 3 months.
Cabinet & Furniture Restorer Kit
Try this kit from Rejuvenate – it’s a complete system to treat minor scratches, clean then restore your kitchen cabinets. The kit includes the cabinet cleaner, cabinet restorer, wood furniture repair markers, 2 microfiber mitt applicators and 2 microfiber towels.
We wish you the best on selling your home! Spend less time cleaning, and more time enjoying life, when you include Rejuvenate products in your regular cleaning routine.
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