Sell Home Fort Wayne

Selling a Home

Selling your home can be a very emotional experience - whether you've lived there for 2, 10 or 20 years,its where you and your family have grown and shared life's memories.

As a 30+ year old family owned company nobody understands families more than Mike Thomas!

We sell Northeast Indiana!

No one sells more listings in Northeast Indiana than Mike Thomas Associates. MikeThomas has the highest percentage of listings sold and the highest average numberof homes sold per agent.

Make a Great First Impression

Mike Thomas Realtors are experienced professionals who can help you get the most from your home. A Mike Thomasprofessional can help you assess your property and make suggestions that will help you sell your home faster and atthe best possible selling price.

Less is More

Check for clutter both inside and outside of your home. Trim the bushes, freshen up your flowerbeds and make sureto mow the yard regularly. Is the front entrance neat and presentable? Maybe the front door could use a coat of paint.If you need a list of people who can help spruce up your home - just ask the professionals form Mike Thomas Associates!

Let There Be Light

Make sure you turn on the lights both inside and outside your home at night. Show off your exciting architecturalfeatures in dramatic way. Many times a qualified prospect will want to view your home after the sun sets - give thema lasting impression that says buy me!

Make Everything Look Big

Clean out closets. Remove clutter from rooms. Rearrange the furniture to enhance room size and traffic flow. Need Help?Ask your Mike Thomas agent they can recommend many qualified decorators who can make your home easier to sell and on a budget too.

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home

  • Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house -- a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
  • Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
  • Say goodbye to every room.
  • Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.

De-Personalize

Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted.You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask,"I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

De-Clutter!

  • If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets

Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what abuyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well.This means:

  • Alphabetize spice jars.
  • Neatly stack dishes.
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.

Consider Renting a Storage Unit

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkwaysand put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room tableto make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of roomto move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"

Remove/Replace Favorite Items

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier inthe dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it.Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

Make Minor Repairs

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.(Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

Make the House Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

Scrutinize

  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
  • Make sure window coverings hang level.
  • Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
  • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

Check Curb Appeal

If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

Home Staging

Home staging is about illusions.It's how David Copperfieldwould sell a house. It's beyond decorating and cleaning. It's about perfecting the art of creating moods. Staging makes yourhouse look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it.

Contrary to what you might think, it's about more than preparing the house for sale.Staging is what you do after you've cleaned, decluttered, painted, made minor repairs; it's all about dressing the house for sale.

It's about adding the small details: the lipstick, mascara and, for simplicity, a stunning, single strand of Tahitian pearls.

What is a Professional Home Stager?

Professional stagers are highly skilled artists. They can take a blank canvas and paint a sensuous portrait without ever lifting apaint brush. Stagers possess the skills of a top-level designer and they create dramatic scenery that appeals to all five senses.Here are some of their secrets:

  • Arrange sparse pieces of furniture in an appealing grouping known as a vignette
  • Showcase a generous usage of softfabrics such as silk, lambswool, satin
  • Display unusual knickknacks in units of 1, 3 or 5
  • Drape window coverings with simplelines
  • Add unique elements to shelving, bookcases and fireplace mantels, which draw attention to predetermined areas

What Accessories Does a Stager Use?

Stagers bring in a vast array of items to spruce up the house. Here is a small sampling of items professional stagers often use todress each room. How they are utilized is limited only by the creativity and vision of the stager.

  • Mirrors
  • Plants
  • Silk Flowers
  • Floor & Table Lamps,
  • Area and Throw Rugs
  • Small Love Seats
  • Ottomans
  • Afghans
  • Pillows
  • Inflatable Queen-Size Beds
  • Baskets
  • Plastic Tables & Chairs

Professional Staging Tricks & Tips

The idea behind staging is to allow rooms to show themselves. "If your home is vacant, it's soulless,". "Without staging it could remain on the market for many months." The kitchen is the"heart of the home.

  • Apply orange oil to cabinets that appear dry, which will renew their original luster
  • Put out large bowls of fruitsuch as polished apples, bright oranges, luscious grapes
  • Arrange colorful and fun cookbooks on the counters

Bring in the outdoors inside through the use of greenery and plants; in creating clean, crisp spaces andarranging furniture with plenty of room to walk around. Bathrooms are essential to dress well. "Bathrooms shouldlook open, airy and delightful,". One trick is to add baskets filled with spa treatments suchas:

  • Towels, tied with ribbons
  • Scented soaps
  • Creamy lotions
  • Moisturizing & Facial jars

The back yard needs staging, too. For patios and decks, Dawna brings in plants and potted flowers, and adds additional colorby setting the picnic table with bright, plastic dinner plates.

How Much Does it Cost?

Prices vary depending on where you live and the local demand for professionalhome staging. Coastal areas and large metropolitan cities where home staging has been prevalent for years command higherprices. Some real estate agents help sellers Stage the home themselves. Most listing agents agree, however, thatvacant homes show better with staging and will encourage sellers to hire a professional stager. Fees range from $500 to $5,000 ormore, depending on square footage and the number of rooms staged.

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