Preparing Your Home For Sale


First impressions make a significant impact on a buyer's decision-making process!

 

Once your home goes on the market, it becomes (you're not going to like this!) a product.  And you want that product to look its best....a shiny apple will sell before a bruised one, for sure!

Home Staging simply allows you to highlight the best of your home and de-emphasize its flaws. It's not about decorating, but actually turning your home into a model, to appeal to the broadest range of prospective buyers. The goal is to make people feel like they could live there, and the best way to do this is to "neutralize" the surroundings.

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Here are some helpful staging tips to put a home in prime showing condition.

 

  • Clear out closets and clutter—give away or pack up toys, linens, and small kitchen appliances to store, or start packing and neatly store the boxes in the garage or basement.
  • Focus most on the most visible areas—the foyer, kitchen, living room, master bedroom, and family room.
  • De-personalize the home by removing most of your personal photos, mementos, and dated items.
  • Use plants in colorful pots or inexpensive wicker baskets to fill in empty spaces.
  • Look at home catalogs for details on how to stage your living spaces. For instance, group books, pictures, and small objects appealingly on bookcases.
  • Try angling a few pieces of furniture slightly and/or move furniture 4 inches to 6 inches from the wall to create more interesting room spaces.
  • Put away large collections such as plates, dolls, hunting trophies, and so on.
  • Remove valuables, prescription medicine, collectibles, and breakables.
  • Trim trees, prune shrubs, and make sure the lawn is mowed and watered regularly.
  • Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door to invite people in to your home.
  • Refrain from cooking anything that leaves a distinctive odor, such as fish, garlic, or cabbage.
  • Hire a professional service to clean the home, including the carpets and the windows.
  • Set the dining room table with attractive linens, dishes, and stemware.
  • Arrange fresh or silk flowers throughout the home.
  • Light a fire in the fireplace in fall and winter.
  • A mirror in a pretty frame can make a small room feel more open.
  • Use as much natural light as possible. Add extra lamps in dark rooms or corners.
  • Make functional repairs—fix dripping faucets, sticking doors, and broken fences.
  • Bring in another pair of eyes—even if it’s not a professional. The person may see problems you have missed.

 

 


 

 

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