Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.
Stay up to date
When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
Pictures can be deceiving.
Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
See it to believe it.
Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
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First impressions matter when selling a home. Buyers decide within the first 5 minutes if they want to buy a home. If it is appealing on the outside it will draw the buyer in. Once the buyer is inside, the impression received depends on its visual appeal, organization, and cleanliness. Staging a home defines space and highlights it’s best features. Therefore, making it easy to see the home in it’s best light. According to the National Association of Realtors NAR, Eighty-three percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home. This is why you should stage your home.
Staging your home is an important and sometimes overlooked step in the home selling process. Homes that are staged typically sell quicker and for more money. The process is more than placement of furniture, and the first step is to look at your home through the eyes of a buyer.
Improve that first impression
- Paint a fresh coat of neutral paint
- Make sure the home has curb appeal curb appeal-trim bushes and branches that hide the house, mow, edge and lay fresh bark,
- Clean, clean, clean
- Declutter -get rid of the items that won’t be moving with you and put away personal photos and valuables.
- Rearrange furniture- Home should appear spacious and bright.
- Repairs- Hire a professional to inspect the roof, attic and crawl space.
we can help
As a result of staging ~a new look, a new perspective, and a renewed sense of value. This is why you should stage your home. Rhonda and I are here to help you through the home-selling process from beginning to end. Rhonda is an experienced broker with over 13 years of experience, and I am a broker, certified home stager, and a certified relocation/ transition specialist. We strive for excellence and value for our clients and their home buying/selling experience.
For more info on staging check out https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/documents/2019-profile-of-home-staging-03-14-2019.pdf
We’d love to help your home become the one that all buyers love!! You can reach us through our contact page!
Written by Rondie Martin