March 21st, 2014 Categories: Questions and Answers
Preparing your home to sell
Have you ever made plans to list your home and buy another, but reconsidered after your agent or stager advised you to “minimize” so your current house would show better? What on earth will you do with those boxes you never unpacked from moving in, or the excess furniture from combining two adult households, or Grandma’s family heirlooms?
The truth is, they’re right… They know that prospective buyers are more attracted to professionally staged homes that look bright and spacious. These homes typically sell at top dollar in less than 30 days, so it will benefit you to “minimize” your belongings before putting your home on the market. This will provide the stager a blank slate for dressing your house to sell.
In addition to ASP® stager Jenn Morson, my real estate team now includes an interstate moving company who will transfer clients’ excess items to storage pods when their home is listed and provide insured storage at a climate-controlled indoor facility. Not only that, they will move furniture from one room to the next or even one level of the home to another, as recommended by the agent or stager. The price is less than $500, including two months storage.
My daughter recently experienced this service first hand as she prepared her Northern Virginia condo for sale. The Staging Fashionista (of Facebook fame) had suggested moving some of her heavy furniture and removing boxes stored in an unused bedroom. Over the years, she’s heard the success stories of my clients who staged their homes, so she didn’t hesitate.
She used masking tape to mark two 7×7 areas on the floor, and spent a weekend stacking boxes and furniture within this area to 5′ high. The movers cleared these areas, packed the pods, and relocated furniture within her two level condo in just 3 1/2 hours. Amazing, when you consider that each trip included 33 steps between the front door of her condo and the van.
The result: a condo that was ready to stage, photograph and sell. Click on the image below to access the slideshow – especially if you know anyone thinking of purchasing a condo in Northern Virginia. (There’s music attached, so you may want to open it when you’re not sitting in a meeting.)
If you have too much stuff to move… put my real estate team to work for you. We’ve thought of everything, including professional movers to help you prepare for showing your home to prospective buyers.