For anyone considering listing their home one of the elements you strive for is WOW Factor. What is WOW Factor? It's that jaw dropping feeling buyers get when they walk through your home. They are so captivated and enamored by your home that the emotion of them owning such a beautiful home is overwhelming and it immediately moves yours to the top of their list. However, achieving WOW Factor can be difficult for some which is why Pete Popovich and his real estate team do all we can do help you in every aspect of selling your property. Below is from a recent QnA with Leslie Devine, from 'House of Design', on some simple things you can do to get that oh so precious WOW Factor with your home.
PNP: What is 'staging' your home?
LD: Utilizing the existing space so the potential lbuyer can imagine themselves living there. Making them feel warm and comfortable in the space. You know, the WOW Factor.
PNP: What are the top 3 things a seller can do to spruce up their home prior to putting it on the market?
LD: 1) A fresh coat of paint - keep it light and bright. 2) Allow natural light to come in by removing outdated and heavy window treatments. 3) Have proper vignettes: i.e. furniture placement.
PNP: What is the difference between staging and updating?
LD: Staging utilizes what is in the home and maximizing space. This could be as simple as rearranging furniture or adding pillows. Updating is changing or modifying what is there. It can be as small as new hardware on cabinets - refinishing cabinets and replacing appliances - remodeling a kitchen or bathroom.
PNP: What are the top 3 things someone can do when preparing their home for sale?
LD: 1) De-clutter - clear items off counter tops, put personal belongings away. You would be surprised at the difference this makes. 2) Depersonalize - remove family photos or anything that makes a potential buyer think they are in someone else's home. Remember you want them to feel warm and comfortable as if they are in their home. 3) Clean and straighten up - There is nothing like a first impression. If a potential buyer walks into your home and the first thing they see is a mess that might become a hurdle they cannot get over. If someone can't keep their home clean buyers question how well the home was maintained.
PNP: What is the easiest thing someone wanting to make their home look more appealing can do?
LD: Don't be afraid to ask a professional for help. It could be the difference in the home selling now or a year from now.
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