Our current series of Friday blogs has already focused on many aspects of staging, suggesting the best course of action to take when preparing your Albuquerque area home for presentation to potential buyers.
But what happens if you suddenly have to sell a home, and very quickly, due to unforeseen circumstances, most typically an unanticipated job relocation?
In that situation, a lot of the advice we've given becomes, to say the least, more challenging.
Whereas, in an ideal world, you'd have several weeks, or even months, to get everything looking just right, when speed is of the essence you may need to start taking viewings immediately.
Clearly, unless you can afford professional stagers to handle everything (and even they will need some time), there are going to have to be some compromises.
First and foremost, it's necessary to address the big ticket items you may have first. If your rooms are not looking tidy and cluttered, then it's essential to make that a major priority.
And if sorting everything out in very little time appears daunting, we come back, once again, to your local self-storage facility. While it's not ideal just to throw your clutter in boxes and dump it in storage, it's by far more preferable to having a room in the home filled to the ceiling with this stuff. Buyers will want to see every corner of your property...
In many ways, self-storage is such a great option in this situation, when you need to quickly remove excess items and rapidly achieve a home with rooms that accentuate spaciousness and which don't get in the way of buyers envisioning the home as their own.
Rooms that need redecorating due to tired appearance or "controversial" color choices are clearly problematic to solve very quickly. However, you can minimize issues by ensuring that any scuffs in paintwork are touched up and look as best as they can be. If rooms are painted dark, then make judicious use of natural and artificial lighting to minimize the effects.
Curb appeal still needs attention, with trimmed lawns etc. You can also use mature potted plants to help create a more welcoming appearance. Make sure that there are no oil stains on the drive and that everything looks a polished as possible in the time available.
Given the compressed timescale, it is perhaps tempting to pay no attention to minor details. Unfortunately, and as we've previously discussed, statistics show that buyers will anticipate 10 more problems for every one they find themselves. Therefore it's still absolutely essential to somehow find the time to make good problems like leaking faucets and failed light bulbs.
Many hands make light work, of course, so the more friends and family you can recruit to get on the case quickly, the more you'll get done. So don't be afraid to ask for help.
To summarize, the goal of staging in a hurry is to get as much done as you possibly can in the time available. While it's unlikely you'll get everything accomplished before you have to start accepting viewings, you can at least continue to make improvements as selling proceeds. Not ideal, of course, but the best that can be done in the challenging circumstances of having so little time to spare.
As ever, we'd be delighted to assist you in any aspect of presenting your home, or answering your general Albuquerque real estate questions, so please don't hesitate to reach out to The Romero Team today.
Next Friday, in the final part of this series, we'll look back at what we've learned and draw some conclusions about best practice when presenting your home for sale.