A: The first thing I would do is to meet with a real estate professional. Let them take a tour of your home and give you recommendations on how to best prepare to show.
This usually involves removing any clutter and fixing anything that is in need of repair, such as cracks in walls, broken tiles etc. You should also replace light bulbs where needed using the highest wattage allowed for each fixture.
Feel free to contact me to receive a list with more suggestions. Your real estate professional should also prepare a market evaluation to determine the best asking price and an expected selling price range.
Q: We are planning to move before putting our home on the market. Is it better to leave some of our furniture there or completely vacate the premises?
A: This can depend on a few things. If you feel that the furniture you are leaving is still fresh and attractive and adds to the overall look, then it might be okay to do that. However, I caution against leaving old furniture just to fill a room.
An agent should be able to virtually stage your home. For example, we can completely fill in a living room or a bedroom with furniture without actually having any objects physically in the home. We do of course disclose this on the pictures.
The other alternative is to hire a staging service to have the home actually staged, which will incur some expenses. You should discuss this with your real estate professional.
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