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If you are putting your home on the market this May, you’re not alone! According to Zillow, “…the best time to sell a home in 2019 to maximize return and minimize time on the market is May 1 to May 15. Homes sold in the first half of May sell six days faster and for $1,600 more than the average listing. And homes listed on a Saturday receive an average of 20 percent more views in the first week on the market compared to homes listed on Tuesdays.”

With so many homes coming up for sale this month, having your home stand out among competitors is key. In How To Sell Your House Fast, Trulia states that buyers need to be “…most interested in your home the first few weeks it’s on the market — so you need to hit the ground running and sell before your listing grows stale.” In order to make your home appeal to a wide array of buyers as soon as it’s listed, you need to stage your home, ensuring it appears spacious, clean and updated. Realtors have found that doing so, “…can attract more buyers to your listing, create more foot traffic through your door, and increase the price buyers will be willing to pay when you sell.”

While most homeowners are aware that staging their home is an important aspect to selling it quickly at a higher price, they feel overwhelmed by the idea of getting their residence into tip-top shape. In Home Seller Secrets, Reatlor.com states that, “…between de-cluttering, styling, and making your house look its absolute best, this process can make you want to pull your hair out.” And it’s true! A recent study of 2,000 people found that six out of 10 people cited moving as the most stressful life event, with divorce coming in a close second… Yikes!

Even though moving can be stressful, staging your home doesn’t have to be. In fact, more and more people have found that renting a local self-storage unit to keep boxes that have already been packed and large furniture items has helped keep their move more organized, while simultaneously ensuring it appears larger to potential buyers as they walk through.

Besides utilizing a storage facility to keep belongings, sellers should consider painting their homes a neutral color, as well as removing personal photos and bold decor, so that buyers can envision themselves and their belongings within the space. They should also take the time to make some inexpensive updates, such as purchasing new lighting or plumbing fixtures, or  planting some pretty flowers outside. You’d be surprised how little touches net big results, with 23 Cheap Upgrades That Will Actually Increase The Value To Your Home, listing simple things such as painting your front door or updating your cabinet handles having a huge impact!

Everyday is a journey, and the journey itself is home”
-Matsuo Basho

Remember, though you may not be motivated to commit extra time or money towards staging your home, the return of doing so will far exceed your expectations. To a successful move this May!