10 Simple Secrets to Sell Your House in Staten Island Faster

It’s true, selling a home can be quite a process, especially if you have a family who accumulates a lot of stuff. The professional Realtors at Gateway Arms are here to help you through every stage of the home selling, from setting a price and marketing the property to showing the home and closing the sale. And thankfully, there are a few things (ten, actually) that you can do yourself to sell your house in Staten Island faster starting with the all-important first impression.

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Get Ready to Sell Your House in Staten Island: 10 Quick Tips

1. Make it Welcoming

Create a positive first impression at the front door. Fix outdoor lighting, address numbers and trim. Replace your doormat, plant a few mums to liven things up. Curb appeal is important to make your potential buyers feel welcome and at home.

71% of homeowners reported “curb appeal” was important when choosing which home to buy.

2. Lighten Things Up

Maximize the light in your home. Wash the inside and outside of your windows, increase the wattage in your lightbulbs, open the drapes, trim the bushes in front of windows…do whatever you have to do to make your house as bright and cheery as possible.

3. Declutter

Don’t underestimate how nosy potential buyers can be, remember to organize your closets and clean out your cupboards. Remember to tidy up the inside of your refrigerator, medicine cabinets and even under your sinks. It all makes a difference!

38% of Americans reported once they’ve formed their opinion about a home’s appearance, it’s hard to change their mind…but cookies could help!

4. Repaint

Repainting rooms in a neutral shade will allow potential buyers to envision themselves living there in your space.

5. Refresh

Make your bed. Tell your kids to make their beds. Keep all rooms clean and tidy and please, remember to close the lid on the toilet. And if the weather allows, crack open some windows to let the fresh air inside as well.

6. Update Small Details

Replace switch plates, faucets, outlet covers and door handles. Even the smallest details can make a huge difference.

7. Practice Feng Shui

Feng Shui is all about channeling the energy, known as “Chi,” in a room. Avoid having the back of furniture facing an entryway, add plants, fix what’s broken and eliminate clutter.

8. Offer Amazing Aromas

Consider lighting a scented candle before the showing or baking a batch of tasty cookies!

9. Crate Up the Pets

We know you love your pets, but not everyone is a cat/dog/hamster-lover, too. Buyers don’t want to walk in and smell animals. If you have an open house scheduled, consider sending the animals to a pet hotel for the afternoon.

10. De-Personalize

And finally, one of the most important things you can do to sell your house in Staten Island faster is to de-personalize your space. Some experts suggest getting rid of a third of your personal things (including family photos, memorabilia, keepsakes and all those cute drawings by your kindergartner, too). Just put them in storage for the time being so you’re ready to show at a moment’s notice.

Taking the step to sell your home can be one of the biggest life transitions you and your family will go through. We’re here to help you make the process as quick and painless as possible; follow these simple tips above, but remember, our experienced agents know all the ins and out of the Staten Island market and will be able to guide you through the specifics of pricing, marketing and negotiating for a smooth sale process.

Contact us today to learn more!