As a home seller, you have two options when it comes to preparing and selling your home on the market. 

The first option, option A, is a lot easier upfront. This involves little preparation and you can put your home on the market faster. You probably will take longer to sell (more holding costs) and leave more money on the table than you would with Option B.   This overall process will be easier upfront but will be more stressful once your home is on the market. If you want top dollar, option A isn’t the best option because buyers will make low ball offers.

Option B is ideal if you want to sell for the most money possible and sell faster, however it can delay going to market and be slightly more frustrating before your home is listed. It involves properly preparing your home, which means that you’ll make a great first impression with buyers....which means more offers and better offers.

You might have to invest in painting, repairs, some updating and put a lot of your stuff away into storage, donate it, or throw it out. It will take longer to get your home ready, but you have a much higher probability to sell for top dollar.

Option A relates to a real-life situation I’m dealing with right now. Recently I listed and sold a home of a busy executive, a former CEO of a big-time publicly traded company. He has a ton of sports memorabilia in his basement and doesn’t want to get rid of anything, doesnt want to stage, but he wants to sell the house.

In this instance, we’re going to have to provide some white-glove service to this seller. We had called around to find someone who can get his stuff out. I know that clutter didn’t help our cause, and I know his personal items are very important to him at the same time.

Not sure if "Option A" or "Option B" will net you more money?  We can help. No matter what option suits your goals, we can help guide you through the process so that you can make a sound decision. If you have any questions about our process or how we’ve helped sellers sell faster and for more money with our expertise, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Michael LaFido
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Throughout his career, Michael learned the importance of high-caliber marketing versus “traditional marketing”, which has become pivotal to his success. Over the past twenty years, LaFido and his team have developed a method that takes a more comprehensive, and proactive approach when positioning and marketing a home.