In many ways, Home Sellers and Home Buyers share a similar experience. Both are in a time of transition, letting go of a dwelling and certainly experiencing some level of disruption. In addition to this, both sellers and buyers must make sense of the details and information that comes to them from all directions.
At times like this, it is important to retain some level of sanity. Retiring to a place of silence, where one can be with one’s own thoughts, is often a good way. Some people find this reprieve while pursuing their own research, in the silence and wisdom of a good book.
The previous article offered three titles that might be of assistance to home buyers. This article explores three books for the home seller. As before, I have linked to the corresponding Amazon.com page, for your convenience.
301 Simple Things – 301 Simple Things You Can Do to Sell Your Home Now and For More Money Than You Thought: How to Inexpensively Reorganize, Stage, and Prepare Your Home for Sale… “You will learn how small color changes will increase your home’s value, minor repairs… how to look at your house from the buyer’s viewpoint… which items stay and what must go… how to bring out a home’s best features… what music to play… lighting techniques… how to ensure a positive traffic flow through rooms… and much more.”
What readers said: “I never realized that something as simple as turning your dining room table at a different angle could make that big of a difference… She also includes a section on how to get the most for your money, especially when you are on an extremely tight budget… 301 Simple Things surprised me – I dropped some of my original plans (they just didn’t seem worth it anymore) and adopted several new techniques that even my real estate agent found impressive.”
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Staging your Home to Sell – “Home staging transforms rooms from that everyday lived-in look to ready-to-be sold…Decorating tips to make a house appeal to the widest range of buyers. Cost-effective techniques to highlight the home’s selling points… Suggestions on how to eliminate features that might be considered negatives.”
What readers said: “I found this to be an extremely valuable book! The help it’s given me to get the most “bang for my buck” while preparing my home for the real estate market is amazing… Once the author explains it, it makes perfect sense as to what staging is, why it’s so important and most importantly (if you’re a novice like me) how to pull it off.”
Home Makeovers That Sell – “Home Makeovers That Sell offers everything from last-minute tidying tips and staging strategies to inexpensive improvements that will boost the market value of any home. The key is to allow potential buyers to see the home as they might live in it, not how the current owner does. This book illuminates exactly what factors determine a home’s value and which improvements will increase it the most.”
What readers said: “Here are tips based not on home renovations but on over twenty years of experience as a real estate broker; from creating curb appeal by replacing shrubs and refinishing a driveway to using accent lights to make the most of a home’s natural beauty… As a Realtor I use this book as an aid to clients on how to prepare their home for the competitive real estate market.”
Placing your home on the market is much like selling a product. Seen in this light, you can appreciate the importance of home staging, beginning with curb appeal. After all, your “product” is not lost amongst other similar products in a crowded display. It stands out. Your job as the seller is the make it stand out even more. “You may not be able to improve the market value of your house, but you can improve its marketability”, says Teri B. Clark, author of 301 Simple Things.
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Source: Excerpts of book descriptions and reviews from Amazon.com.