One of the practices or real estate investors in making a nice profit is to sell a property as quickly as possible. Time is very vital when selling a property. You incur costs and expenses when you hold a property, and the longer you hold it the more money you spend.
Real estate investors make it a point to sell properties fast and in less than a month. But how do you make this possible? One can’t just put a property on sale and leave it to wishful thinking that someone will come across it and buy it.
When selling a property, one has to consider what the buyer would want in a property. Buyers have their standards. So as a seller you have to set some standards in your property in order for a buyer to consider it. You have to know how to sell your property. How can you get your money otherwise?
This is where staging and designing come into the picture. These days, buyers are very critical and careful in the houses that they are considering. Staging and designing a house is now crucial to every seller and real estate investor who wants to sell their house as fast as possible.
7 Rules In Staging and Designing
Know Your Customer
This is the number on rule: know your customer. It is prevalent in every business that the customer comes first when offering a product or service. It is the customer who will be the user of the product after all. In real estate, it’ll be the customer who’s going to be living in the house. So when you are planning to stage and design the house to be sold, always think of the customer — what he or she likes, if they have a pet, if they have kids, if they have a car, etc.
The important thing here is that you try to stage and design the house according to what your customer would want it to be. Knowing your customer will also help in building trust between the two of you, building a much more comfortable and easier buyer-and-seller relationship. Not to mention that once you’ve build trust with your customer, you’ll be getting referrals from them. This will help save you time, money, and effort in promoting and advertising yourself to others.
This is a crime that designers are prone to. Too much can really be too much. You should not overfix a house, basically because all you really need to do is to fix the house enough for it to be looking well and without problems. Further improvements to the house will be made by the customers when they have bought it and furnished it to their liking.
Underspending, or underfixing, is also a big no. Yes, it’s clever to have less expenses. But staging and designing a house has its factors to consider. In fixing the house, you also have to consider the neighborhood and the area wherein the house is located. You also have to see what the other houses. You have to make the property fit in with the type of surroundings and type of houses alongside it. Make them similar, yet also different.
Don’t make the house look so shabby, especially when the neighborhood and other houses beside it all look so lively. You have to make it comparable to the other houses. The customer might also think that you don’t really care about the property. Yes, you’re selling it, but customers would like to have the feeling that the property that they are buying has been well taken cared of. Fixing the property without underspending is also a sign to the customers that you are offering them a property that is worth their money.
Don’t Sell an Empty or Dirty House or a House In Rehab
When selling a property, you have to go by the assumption that the customer does not have the imagination of a designer. So selling empty houses, dirty houses, and houses in rehab is not a very good idea. These kinds of houses do not give what a customer would generally want to see — a theme, some warmth, some color, etc. If you want to have a property sold, it is important to have it imprinted on the minds of your customers. An empty house, or a dirty house, is definitely not that thing that you want to be remembered by the people you are selling to.
Don’t Overstuff the House
Overstuffing should not be done when designing a house for sale. You should also leave some room for the customer’s stuff. In inspecting a house they are considering to buy, they would also have thoughts on what to put and where to put it. Naturally, they would want a house wherein there are some spaces left for their things. Customers also like a place that has some room for lots of movement. Space is also something that you have to consider in staging and designing a house.
Work With the Experts
You would need some help in staging and designing the house, of course. Taking care of the plumbings and getting the kitchen and living room back into shape again is something not a single person can do. When faced with looking for people to help you with, also stick to the people who are an expert in these fields. Choose the people that you trust and you know can do a good job. Working with people who are not up to the tasks would be a waste of time and money if you need to do something all over again because of their mistake.
Bring Out Emotions!
One thing that will have your property remembered (and most probably be bought) is to give an effect to the customers. So producing in the customers emotions and positive feedback will help you sell the house quickly. Appealing to the customer’s emotions is the most effective strategy. Design the house in which the customer will have some nostalgic feeling, or wherein he or she will feel some warmth, and you have got yourself a deal!