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Staging Tips for Your Cary Home to Maximize Your Sale Price

Buying Cary real estate is often an emotional decision, but when selling real estate in Cary you need to remove emotion from the equation. You need to think of your home in Cary as a marketable commodity. Your goal is to get others to see it as their potential home, not yours. If you do not consciously make this decision, you can inadvertently create a situation where it takes longer to sell your property. That is the reason for offering you this resource. Our goal is to see your Cary home sell quicker and for maximum fair market value! The purpose of this article is to help you get your Cary home ready, get it set, and get it SOLD!

4 Steps to Getting Your Cary Home Ready to be SOLD!

Step #1 - Make Your Cary Home Sparkle!

If you don't have the time to give your home a thorough cleaning hire a cleaning crew to go through and clean your home from top to bottom. They seem to be wonderful at removing dust bunnies, cobwebs and making challenging stains go away. This is the first step in getting your Cary real estate investment-  sold.

Step #2 - De-personalize it!

  • The first step in getting your Cary home ready to sell is to "de-personalize" it. The reason you want to "de-personalize" your home is because you want buyers to view it as their potential home. When a potential home buyer sees your family photos hanging on the wall, it puts your own brand on the home and momentarily shatters their illusions about owning the house.
  • Here is a great idea! Put away (meaning pack up) your family photos, sports trophies, collectible items, knick-knacks, and souvenirs. Put them in a box. Rent a storage area for a few months and put the box in the storage unit. Do not just put the box in the attic, basement, garage or a closet. Part of preparing a house for sale is to remove "clutter," and that is the next step in preparing your house for sale.

Step #3 - Remove the Clutter

  • This is the hardest thing for most people to do. Most Cary home sellers are emotionally attached to everything in their home. After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Clutter collects on shelves, counter tops, drawers, closets, garages, attics, and basements.

Step #4 - Your Cary Home Must Be in Move-in Condition!

  • Focus on these key areas to ensure your Cary real estate is in tiptop shape.
  1. Plumbing and Fixtures - Your sink fixtures should sparkle and look new. Replace those that can not be cleaned. Avoid buying the fancy ones if you are trying to control expenses. Just remember, making investments in you kitchen and baths normally provides a strong return on investment. If your facets leak either repair them or replace them.
  2. Ceilings, Walls and Painting - Painting can be your best investment when selling your Cary home. Painting is not a very expensive operation and it is the perfect DIY project. Select neutral colors that will appeal to a larger group of potential buyers.
  3. Carpet and Flooring - Thoroughly clean your carpet. If your carpet is old and worn, or if it is an outdated style or color, you should probably consider replacing it with a neutral color. Always repair or replace broken floor tiles. Avoid spending a lot of money on anything. And never attempt major home improvements and renovation projects prior to selling a home. Remember, you are not fixing up your home for yourself. This is all about the buyer. Your goal is to remove any potential objections to your Cary home.
  4. Windows and Doors - Check all windows and doors in your home and make sure they open and close easily. A little spritz of WD40 often helps. All cracked or broken windowpanes should be replaced. Make sure all doorknobs turn easily, and that they are cleaned and polished to look sharp.
  5. Odor Control - Every home has a personal odor. If you are a smoker, you might want to minimize smoking indoors while trying to sell your Cary home. You could also purchase an ozone spray that helps to remove odors without creating a masking odor. Pets also create odors that you may have become accustomed to, but are immediately noticeable to potential buyers. If you own a cat, always empty kitty litter boxes daily. There are also products that you can sprinkle in a layer below the kitty litter that helps to control odor. For those with dogs, keep the dog outdoors as much as possible. If practical, another option is to kennel your pets while your home is on the market.

Put Yourself in a Cary Home Buyers Shoes!

Here is a quick tip, take a step back and pretend you are a Cary home buyer. Better yet, ask a neutral third party to help point out areas of clutter, as long as you can accept their views without getting defensive. We will also provide a complimentary evaluation of your real estate property too. To schedule your home evaluation, contact us here at LG Real Estate!

Read these tips to creative ways to make the exterior of your Cary home look outstanding!

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