Why Curb Appeal, Home Staging, and Decluttering Matter

by Pamela Watson 12/08/2019

Putting your home on the market is a life-changing decision and, for some people, it may involve conflicting feelings.

Ideally, all members of your family should be on board with the decision to sell. If you, your spouse, or your kids are ambivalent or even against the idea of moving, it could send a negative message to prospective buyers, estate agents, and others. Helping your family stay positive and motivated can ensure that everyone is pulling in the same direction.

A common stumbling block for many sellers is the inclination to attach too much sentimental value to their home. While you may associate your home with fond family memories, years of hard work, and thousands of dollars in home improvements, your actual selling price should be a reflection of market conditions and the price comparable houses in your neighborhood recently sold for.

Based on a comparative analysis, your real estate agent can help you come up with a realistic asking price that will reflect both its market value and major improvements you've made in recent years. Although remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms will not provide you with a dollar-for-dollar return on investment (ROI) when it comes time to sell, prospective buyers will be much more attracted to a home that's been updated and well maintained.

When selling your home, perhaps the most important principle to keep in mind is that "You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression." By minimizing the negatives and making the most of your home's attributes, you'll be increasing the probability of selling your house within the shortest period of time

Keeping your home meticulously clean for every showing can often be a challenge, but it's a goal worth striving for. Other ways to make a favorable impression on potential buyers is to focus on maximizing your home's curb appeal and minimizing clutter -- both inside and out. While it may seem like a tall order to declutter your home, keep your lawn looking manicured, and apply fresh coats of paint where needed, you'd be surprised at how much you can accomplish by setting your mind to it. One simple but effective strategy for getting things done is to create checklists of priorities, projects, and important tasks that need to be completed. When you commit goals to writing and review your priority list every day, you'll tend to be much more organized, action oriented, and focused.

Although a lot of people take a sense of humble pride in saying that their home is "a work in progress," once it's on the market, you need to have as many of those rough edges smoothed out, as possible! Putting your best foot forward for every showing could make the difference between a fast sale and a house which lingers on the market for months!

About the Author
Author

Pamela Watson

My Resume

Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Investment Property & REO sales

Since 1979, Pam has been dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, effective, and caring of Real Estate services. She is known and trusted throughout Solano County as a professional who is committed to her clients' real estate success.

Pam is celebrating 40 years selling Solano homes with notable results. She has helped over 1,500 families realize their real estate goals during her career.

Pam and her husband Tim have lived here since 1979. Tim is a licensed contractor/carpenter. They has three sons, all raised in Fairfield. Pam and Tim designed and built their own home in Fairfield giving Pam a lot of knowledgeable of construction and how homes are built.

Always happy to share her "ground up" knowledge of real estate with clients, Pam's extensive knowledge of the area and its homes have been of great benefit to those who are new to the area and to those who are simply changing neighborhoods.

My Experience

Licensed California Broker

CRS: Certified Residential Specialist (Top 5% in the Nation)

GRI: Graduate of the Real Estate Institute

PMN: Performance Management Network (Women’s Council of Realtors since 1992)

SRES™: Seniors Real Estate Specialist

RRC: Referral & Relocation Nationally Certified

ASP: Accredited Home Staging Professional