Redfin.com is a great resource for perusing real estate in specific areas. I use it often when I have a new client who is looking to sell because it helps me assess what their neighborhood has to offer and what the comparable properties are looking like.
I firmly believe that a home must be staged to the demographic of the neighborhood, or the house will likely sit on the market for much longer than it should. For instance, if you are selling a home in a neighborhood that is close to great schools and activities, you should definitely stage at least one bedroom as a child's room. Buyers need to be able to envision their family living there. Redfin helps me determine for whom the home should be staged.
Redfin recently reached out to me for contribution to an article regarding common staging mistakes that can hinder the sale of a home or reduce the sale price.
My advice was to be wise when making updates prior to sale. Unless you live in a luxury home, major renovations such as floor plan changes and complete, high-end kitchen and bath remodels are not going to recoup your investment. Instead, concentrate on projects such as widely-appealing wall paint, cabinet paint, updated countertops, fixtures and lighting. Keep these items classic and on-trend, but moderately priced.
Take a look at this article before you begin preparing your home for sale...there are some great tips here!
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