Investing a few hundred dollars could yield big return when selling your home

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Sunday, April 21, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- The average selling price of a home last year was $146,000 nationwide, but that number grew. The latest data shows home prices have risen $6,000, and many realtors say the number grows each day.

"To begin with, the sellers have already done some of the most important things," said a North Augusta realtor, as she showed News 12 a home for sale.

Most people know what they need to do if they want to sell their home.

"They've painted the home a nice neutral color. They left the original trim in the home, that adds a lot of character to the older homes in North Augusta," the realtor told News 12.

Even though the homeowners have done a lot work to make the house appealing, Donna Joyner says a little more can go a long way.

Joyner says making the house homey but not personal is the key.

"A house that you live in every day is not as comfortable as a house that's on the market. You really need to adjust the way that you live," Joyner said.

That adjusting process is called staging. Joyner says to pack up things you don't need.

"It helps buyers envision their things in a home when there's not so many of the seller's things there," Joyner said.

And keeping the inside uncluttered is not the only tip -- it's also the outside that helps.

"Simple things like making sure the front yard is always cut, always looking nice," Joyner said.

Adding a thing like a glider and some sheer will make a big difference for your outside. It's relatively inexpensive and could mean big bucks in your wallet.

Lauren Whitehead also sells homes in the area. She says that for every $300 invested in staging, a homeowner can get almost $2,000 in return.

Whitehead says the North Augusta home she showed News 12 is a perfect example.

"When you walk in from the the door, you automatically notice the fireplace. She used a stand-alone fire place, which is not that expensive," said Whitehead of the homeowner.

Additions that go a huge way and give you an even bigger return. Both realtors told News 12 that staging doesn't have to be expensive.

There are professionals that do this for a living, but sometimes even your realtor can give you ideas on how to stage your home. If you don't want to do that, the realtors tell News 12 that you can use an extra room or closet as a storage unit. Just make sure 90 percent of your home is decluttered or staged.

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