Every home buyer wants The Model Home Look in the house they are going to buy. If you are selling your home in Overland Park, it’s important for you to understand the concept and then know what to do to create it.
Why is The Model Home Look Important?
It’s important for you to adopt The Model Home Look because it draws more buyers to your home, so they fight over it and pay you more money for it. But in order to make more money, everything has to be just right. We call it The Goldilocks Effect.
In the residential resale real estate market, it’s the best way to drive your price up and secure multiple offers. Consequently, multiple offers mean more money to you. You do want more money don’t you?
Without The Model Home Look, you are taking your chances when listing your home for sale. You have one chance to make a first impression and if you get it wrong, it ultimately affects your home selling outcome. Furthermore, it affects how much money you will net when everything is said and done. You can bet the Model Home Look will make you a few thousand dollars extra. For that reason alone, it’s imperative you understand the process so you don’t miss out on that opportunity!
6 Ways to Get the Model Home Look
1. Walk across the street
2. Fix what’s wrong
6 Ways to Get the Model Home Look in Detail
First of all, grab a notebook and pen and walk across the street. Take a long hard look at your house. Put on your buyers’ hat and begin thinking like a home buyer. What do you see? Because you need to look closely and determine what you like, don’t like and what needs to change before your house comes on the market. Start your list of things to do. You will add to this list daily.
Fix what’s wrong…this includes updating, upgrading, painting, changing the carpet, etc. Whatever it takes is worth spending the money to be able to drive the price up with multiple offers. As a result, when you hire us, we will advise you what to spend money on that will be a great return on your investment.
Decluttering is the hardest of the 6 steps. First of all, rent a storage space close to your house. Get all of that “extra stuff” out of there. Now is the time to get rid of the things you don’t want to move to your next home. Throw it away, donate it, put it on the curb, sell it on Facebook Marketplace or move it to storage if you just can’t live without it. Knowing what to keep and what to get rid of is sometimes the hardest part. Remember the end goal is to create The Model Home Look. For that reason, we will help you specifically with what should stay and what should go for the perfect staging and styling of your home.
Depersonalizing is the second hardest step. You want to remove all family photos, sports memorabilia, hunting items, political things, collections, etc. Let your potential buyers see their things in your home. If Mrs. Buyer doesn’t like the moose head over the fireplace, you can bet, she won’t buy your home. Buyers only see what they see, not the way it’s going to be. As a result, you are creating a space for the buyers to call home and that means removing yourself from that scenario as much as possible. People love The Model Home Look because it is fresh, stylish and lacking when it comes to personal things.
And the Biggest Two…
Rearranging is your final step to prepare for your glamour shots and the one step that should be left to the professionals. Certainly, it’s the most important step there is in preparing your home for sale. The final rearrange and Staging and Styling Session is what will draw buyers into your home. You can do the rest of the steps on your own, but if you fail in this step, you can ruin your entire game plan. Consequently, you want to create the right flow of furniture and accessories that will allow your potential buyers to see themselves living in your home. The placement, as well as the angling of your things and the right flow is crucial in this final step before your professional photo shoot. Do not leave this step to chance.
Finally, clean everything thoroughly by hiring a professional cleaning crew to perform a deep clean including the interior and exterior of your home. This includes windows, carpet, floors, baseboards, switchplates, ceiling fans, appliances (inside and out), bathrooms, cob webs, front porch, walkway, driveway, patios and decks. Today’s buyers want clean. Above all else, a q-tip clean home will show better and sell faster every single time.
If you do these 6 things, you will definitely be on your way to The Model Home Look. Consequently, homes that don’t sell right away, obviously lack these 6 steps.
At Melinda Bartling Real Estate and Home Staging, we provide you with a personalized written game plan of what you need to do to complete your Model Home Look. Even more, once you complete your tasks, we come back and create your best Now to WOW! Home Staging and Styling Session. Whether it takes us a couple of hours or a couple of days, our services are always complimentary when you list your home with us.
Remember, our average staged home sells in 3 days or less and most often for thousands of dollars over asking price. In addition, the industry average is well over 30 days from list date to contract date and the average home sells for less than asking price. The results you get will be determined by the Realtor you choose…so choose carefully.
If you want to create The Model Home Look, we would love to help you. Please call us at (913) 515-3250 or contact us here to schedule your FREE Home Selling Consultation.
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