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Are you selling your home this year?

The start of the best time to sell your home is after the Super Bowl and springtime historically has been an excellent time to put your house on the market. I recently read an article on Zillow that pulled together country-wide statistics, though this varies by area, for home selling that said:

Listing a home toward the end of spring significantly increases a seller’s chances of selling their home faster and for more money, according to a new analysis from Zillow. Nationally, homes listed from May 1 through May 15, sell around nine days faster and for nearly 1 percent more than the average listing. In 20 of the 25 largest metro areas, the best month to list is late spring, in either April or May.

Who’s buying and What’s Important to them?

MovingFirst, be aware that millennials (18-34) make up 42% of today’s home buyers. That being said, what are they looking for and what can you do to your home to make them want to buy it.

Millennials want a ready-to-move-in house with updated kitchens and bathrooms. Because of this most of them prefer a new house as they do not want to deal with maintenance; therefore, if you have an older home, listing your updated items is essential.

As the majority of home buying by millennials is done online, it is crucial that your home be ready for professional photographing and that the online presence details all of your upgrades.

An article posted in Business Insider detailed the results of a survey done in late 2016 of 1000 people and these were the top 6 areas that are important to millennials:

  • 75% New Appliances
  • 64% Large Master Bedroom
  • 54% 2-Car Garage
  • 47% Solar Panels / Energy Storage
  • 46% Luxury Kitchen
  • 45% Solid Hardwood / Stone Flooring

Well-lit kitchen with black countertop

How to get your Home ready to Sell

As a professional home stager and home decorator running a successful business in the Philadelphia Metro area, I have first-hand knowledge of the neighborhoods in the surrounding counties and understand what appeals to buyers in this area. This area knowledge is critical to your home selling success as I know how to stage your home for the potential buyer. I understand that this transition time can be stressful and emotional and Redesign Right offers the home staging support that the homeowner needs to sell their home for top dollar. Start with these four steps:

  1. Remove clutter, piles, eye noise. Keep in mind, if every inch of wall space in your house is covered with something, your home will appear dark and small.
  2. Your home should be immaculately cleaned! When a potential buyer walks into your home, it should smell fresh and clean. I would not recommend adding any strongly perfumed candles or sprays, keep in mind, what appeals to you may turn someone else off.
  3. Keep the décor simple. Create the lifestyle of your prospective buyer. Your decorating items need to keep the eye moving, eliciting pleasant feelings. House buying is emotional; people need to “feel” as though this could be their new home!
  4. Don’t forget the outside of your house! Click here to view my 12 Item Checklist for Outdoor Staging.

If you need help with your home staging needs, Redesign Right is Redesign Right, LLChere to help create the perfect lifestyle appeal to attract a buyer for your home! Call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

Moving Resources

for saleAcross the country, the price of homes has increased, and interest rates remain low.  Because of the low interest rates, buyers have a higher purchasing power.

Here is a list of excellent resources to help:

While writing this blog, I contacted an expert in the realtor field to get an opinion on what would help someone who is going to be moving in 2013.  She makes the point that staging your home before the photos are taken to post to the real estate site offers the best return on investment.  RE/MAX Preferred Liz Facenda, Realtor, ABR, CSR, CDPE stated,

“One of my favorite marketing/listing “tools” that I use is my home stager.  It doesn’t matter if the home is in the price range of $150k to 2 million; I am a firm believer that a staged home sells faster and for more profit to the seller.  Staging a home truly sets it apart from other homes on the market.  I pay the consultation fee as part of my services that I offer to my clients it is well worth the cost and is extremely affordable.  I don’t understand why all agents don’t use a stager/redesigner for their listings.”

If you have any real estate questions, feel free to contact Liz at LizFacenda@comcast.net and contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for your home staging or redesign needs.

Why do I need a professional home stager to sell my home?

Nowadays it’s not enough to clean your house, plant some flowers and set out a For Sale sign and expect the return you are hoping to gain.  You need to promote your home in the real estate market, and the way to do that is by using a professional home stager.  The blog writers for Zillow.com state this nicely, “The idea is to set the “stage” for would-be buyers to imagine themselves happily living in your home.  Setting the stage to sell your home does indeed mean that your home must be attractive and appealing beyond being clean and in excellent repair.  In short, your home needs to seduce.”  “Statistically, professionally staged homes sell 50% faster and for 6% more then homes not professionally staged.”

Home staging is no longer just clearing the clutter and painting the walls a neutral shade.  Buyers make purchases based on emotion, and they want homes that match their lifestyle and dreams.  Staging is all about the buyer and what will appeal to them!  A prospective buyer decides within 20 seconds if your home is for them!  Twenty seconds is not very long to sell one of your most important assets.  Did you know every time a prospective buyer thinks a home needs a substantial change; they automatically deduct $10,000 off the asking price?  The best salesman in the house is not your agent but how the furniture is arranged and balanced.  Based on this arrangement, the potential buyer sees how they can arrange their furniture, and immediately an “I love this!” reaction is created, an emotional connection that places them in your home.  Exactly what you are trying to accomplish!

What to expect from a Redesign Right home staging consultation:

affiliatesFirst, a consultation will be scheduled to meet you and your home.  During this time, a walk through will be done, reviewing and analyzing your home through the eyes of a prospective buyer.  During the consultation, an honest, objective and thorough “To do” list will be compiled to help you prepare your home to appeal to the greatest number of buyers and help sell your home quicker.  Redesign Right wants to help you sell your home and will work within your budget and time frame.  Redesign Right will be involved in your staging project as much or as little as you want.

If needed, Redesign Right will come back with a group of certified trained home stagers to create “a model home” in one day starting with what you already own.  Their goal is to highlight and accentuate the positive attributes of your home.  By rearranging and removing existing furniture, they form the looks that will appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers, all affordably and in one day.

“Debbie has been a tremendous asset as a home stager for my clients.  By utilizing the home owner’s own furnishings, and then adding her honest, enthusiastic approach, sellers are very appreciative and welcoming of her skilled advice.  Her keen eye to detail for staging a home to sell has made all the difference in a home presenting at its very best, and the positive result is getting it sold sooner!  I would highly recommend Debbie’s services.” -Lynn Romolini, REALTOR, Prudential Fox & Roach, www.LRomHomes.com, Email:  Lynn.Romolini@prufoxroach.com

If you are planning to sell your home this year, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for your professional home staging needs!

Top 6 Reasons to Stage Your Home For Sale

Professionally Staged Bedroom
Professionally Staged Bedroom
  1. A good first impression sets the stage and brings the sale to your home”
  2. Most buyers decide in the first 15 seconds if a house fits their lifestyle and dreams.  It is all about the buyer!    The goal of staging is to have the buyer fall in love with your home and the lifestyle she dreams about.
  3. Every time a prospective buyer thinks a home needs a physical change, they automatically deduct $10,000 off the asking price!
  4. Many homes are on the market today and you need to set your house apart. Create an edge and be the home the buyer remembers at the end of the day!  It does not matter if you pay for the heating bill for 1 year or offer a new car in the driveway.  If your home does not look good it will not sell no matter what your incentive is.
  5. Staging emphasizes the best qualities and architectural strengths of your home and it will appeal to the greatest number of prospective buyers.  Placing furniture properly in a home helps the buyer envision where their furniture will go.
  6. Research shows staging will sell your home faster and make you more money!

Redesign Right, LLC specializes in Real Estate home staging in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and is here to help YOU sell your home quickly and for top dollar.