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New York Homeowners: Sale your home at TOP Dollar – Tips for Staged the home Appeal to the Buyer

Eclectic Living Rooms - Erinn Valencich

Eclectic Living Rooms - Erinn Valencich

– Tips for Staged the home Appeal to the Buyer

Southwestern Living Rooms - Amy Bubier

Southwestern Living Rooms - Amy Bubier

In Manhattan, even a multimillion home may sell for a price devastatingly below its true value if not staged correctly. What is staging? Staging is the process of de-cluttering and de-personalizing your home. Most apartments in Manhattan have a small living space. If you want buyers to see the home’s potential. You have to let the Buyers to fall in love with the space and to imagine themselves in that space. So you have to de-cluttering to make room bigger in order to let buyers image their own furniture and stuff fit in your home. There are so many apartments for sale in New York City neighborhood. Therefore staging your home right is very important. The goal of staging is to enhance the value of your property and make a fast sale with top dollar.

Normally, in New York City, staging can add 10% to 15% to the selling price. Follow these simple steps, and you are sure to get a higher return!
1. Consider changing the color in your homes to a warm, neutral color. Paint is cheap and can immediately enhance a room (whether by making the space seem larger, draw attention to some of the home’s unique architecture details, or otherwise). Remember, if your apartment is small, please use cool neural color instead the warm. Because the warm color will make a room looks smaller.
2. Take care of minor repairs. Nothing turns a buyer off more than a tear in the wallpaper or cabinets missing handles as this may lead the buyer to think that the house has been left to neglect. Remember today most buyers don’t wants to deal the wallpaper. It is out of fashion and very difficult to change. It will turn the some buyers off instantly. So please fix the wallpaper problem before sale if you want to sale at very short time. ,

Modern Living Rooms - Andreas Charalambous

Modern Living Rooms - Andreas Charalambous

3. Put personal belongings away. This includes putting away personal photos, trophies, awards, and memoirs. While your nieces and nephews may be the cutest little things, buyers may not care as much. Sometimes personal items can only serve to distract a buyer from the house’s features and you do not want that. You want the buyer to remember the house, not your personal touches.
4. Clean! This is related to #3. Cleaning is VERY important and the simplest thing you can do to quickly enhance a room’s features. No buyer likes to see dusty table tops.
5. Rearrange furniture. Try to move 50% off your furniture away (storage or into your new home) to make the room open, less crowded, and seem bigger. Again, most of apartments in Manhattan area are small. Be careful not to let a big TV or sofa block the outside view or the entrance. You want the room to feel airy and welcoming with plenty of space to move around. In the bedroom, it is a good idea to have only 2 nightstands and bed if the space is not exceptionally large. If you have a fireplace in prewar building, consider placing a sofa in front of it, surrounded by 1 or 2 chairs and maybe 1 coffee table for a clean and contemporary look.

Asian Living Rooms - Elizabeth P. Clarke

Asian Living Rooms - Elizabeth P. Clarke

6. If you have a house or townhouse in NYC, don’t forget the outside. It is crucial that you have street appeal. This is what draws buyers into the home in the first place. Make sure shrubs are trimmed and that the porch is freshly painted. Some fresh flowers won’t hurt either.
7. Details, details, details. Final touches can put a room, or even house, together for a cohesive, warm feel. Make sure to show off all the living spaces. Consider placing some fresh flowers on the tables. Open curtains to let natural light stream in past the window and brighten up a room. Remember, smells are very important too, especially if you have a pet. Taking the pet out and using some lemon or other fragrance before buyers visit the home can make the difference between a “must-have” home and a turn-off. If the house is dated, new floor or new countertops will help to make a high-end sale.

Contemporary Living Rooms - Andreas Charalambous

Contemporary Living Rooms - Andreas Charalambous

One last thing to remember: design the home for buyers, not for you. You must always think in the buyers’ shoes. With this approach, your house will sell at top dollar in half the time.
If you don’t want to hire a professional stager, visit a model room, designers portfolio or watch HGTV for ideas. Simple things can easily add top dollar to your home’s price. Another option is to discuss staging with your listing agent. He or she may be able find professionals in the area to work for you. As always, please feel free to contact me at 516-320-0231 (Diana). As graduate from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), I know-how, combined with my keen eye for design and effective staging tips, optimize appeal, my sharp negotiating for any property I market and lists. With my success, I have obtained the trust and satisfaction of many customers, prompting them to become loyal repeat customers and reward me with referrals. I will do the same with you. View my profile and other properties and contract signed listings at: http://www.elliman.com/real-estate-agent/diana-wu/4623. We pride ourselves as specialists in condominium and co-op sales inManhattan. To receive a  free analysis of your property, and discuss our marketing strategy, so please contact me at your convenience at (516) 320-0231 or email me at diana.wu@elliman.com. I have the privilege and pleasure to work with The Voda Group at Prudential Douglas Elliman. The Voda Group has been the top, award winning sales team at Prudential Douglas Elliman since 2003. Our team’s hard working will help your real estate goal extremely successful.

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