3 Secrets to Staging a Home for Sale after a Senior Move

February 27 2014

It’s common to sell the original family home after a senior move to a smaller place or an elder-care facility.

If you want your relative’s property to sell for as much money and in as little time as possible, stage it first. This technique makes the property more presentable to a buyer and won’t have to cost much money.

Here are a few guidelines:

1. Start after the Senior Move

Leaving the house you’ve lived in for most of your life can be unsettling enough, so save any changes for after the senior move.

One thing you can start before the transfer is to pack any personal photos, collections, and artwork. This will make it easier for potential buyers to imagine their own family occupying the space. Some of the boxes can accompany your relative to his or her new abode, while the others can be stored by you or other family members.

2. Fix the Exterior

Curb appeal is important in beckoning any visitors to enter the house. To make the siding look new, clean it with a power washer that you’ve rented from the store or by hiring professionals to do it.

Remove any whimsical or unusual garden accessories and clear away any reminders of pets. Not every potential buyer will love animals. Repair any broken structures such as a non-working garden gate, trim the foliage, mow the lawn, and plant annuals to add color.

3. Make Sure it’s Clean

If your relative kept their home immaculate before the senior move, cleaning may take no time at all. On the other hand, if they neglected this duty, you can do it yourself or hire a maid service.

Don’t forget to take care of any areas that are normally hidden, such as the top of the china cabinet, under the potted plants, or behind the refrigerator. Buyers who examine these areas and find them flawless will assume that the home has been well-maintained.

A home that’s bought immediately and for a high price can finance a senior move as well as new living arrangements for many years.

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