By Karen Tedford
Hopefully, this information will help you have a smoother transition for either selling or staying. Since the early 90’s, I’ve been to 20 closings either buying or selling. Since 18 of these have been with REMAX Northeast, I naturally reached out to REMAX agent Suzanne Noonan Murphy to get some insider information about selling your home. Suzanne is partners with her mother, Barbara Noonan, one of the top producing teams at REMAX. Besides being a real estate pro, Suzanne has her Interior Design degree from TCU. This gives her a deeper understanding of the design potential a property holds.
Suzanne says “to get the top dollar for your home follow this check list”.
Clean it up!
Exterior curb appeal. Neatly trimmed bushes, cut your lawn regularly, pressure wash the driveway, house and front porch areas. Put mulch in flower beds.
Interior must be de-cluttered. Pack up or throw away excess from closets, cabinets, walkways, garage and utility room. Create a spacious look.
Interior must have clean neutral paint and clean carpet. Replace all burned out light bulbs and be ready to light up the house for showings. Plug in some Febreeze plug ins for a neutral fresh scent.
Now, you have done all you can do, so call in a professional stager to give it the model home look. Remember, it’s only temporary. If you need large lamps, art work or plants, let a stager provide the accents you need. At this point, you aren’t interested in buying accessories, so rent them from a qualified stager.
Suzanne says, “the updated uncluttered and staged homes bring the biggest dollars”. If you do have to update to sell, spend the least amount of money possible. Concentrate on kitchens and bathrooms. Keep your selections neutral.
For sellers needing professional help, Suzanne has unlimited sources and trusted vendors to help you get things done. She kindly adds, “we are fortunate to have Karen Tedford to bring the finishing touches for staging. Karen provides the WOW factor for a reasonable rental fee rather than sellers buying items they may not need or want after the move.”
It’s sad to see clients who wait until moving out to do the much needed updates. Why not do the updates on the move in and enjoy them yourself before thinking of moving on. I personally leave my kitchen packed up until new granite and appliances are installed; same idea on flooring. Let the movers store your furniture a few days while new flooring is easily installed. Think ahead!
Unlike selling where you are pleasing John Q. Public, this is all about what you want. Keep the big ticket items fairly neutral and personalize your space with paint and furnishings.
As with selling, remodel kitchen and baths first. Need some inspiration, go visit a few model homes to get ideas. You cannot go wrong with hard surface counter tops, stainless steel appliances and updated lighting in kitchens. Give the bathrooms the same consideration including new hardware, frameless showers and frame the existing mirrors.
Now dust yourself off and enjoy your home for many years until you decide to sell.
Come visit me on Tuesdays 10-4 to see the vast array of staging products.
5616 FM 1960 E
Humble, Tx 77346
(inside Lake Houston Church of the Nazarene)