Staging doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming.  These simple tips will put you ahead of the competition in attracting potential buyers. 

1.  Declutter.  You want to let potential buyers know the home has been well-cared for, and the best way to make that first impression is with a clean appearance. 

○      Box up and store any items you won’t need in the next 1-3 months.
○      Tidy up any “catch-all” areas.
○      Store toys and other miscellaneous items in attractive bins.
○      Consider a yard sale, a donation truck or a hauling company for larger items.

2.  Depersonalize.  Buyers can’t envision themselves in a home where they see too many personal affects that belong to someone else.

○      Clear refrigerator doors, countertops, windows, etc. of pictures, art projects, etc.
○      Tastefully select only a few personal photos and hanging art to keep displayed.

3.  Neutralize.  It’s also harder for buyers to imagine themselves in a space that has been decorated for someone else.

○      Paint any brightly colored walls.  A fresh coat of paint in general goes a long way.
○      Replace necessary accent pieces (rugs, throw pillows, etc.) with inexpensive neutral options.

4.  Landscape.  No professional needed!  Just ensure you have a neat and tidy curb appeal to make a great first impression.

○      Tidy up the lawn – rake, mow, weed, edge, etc.
○      Trim back any bushes and tidy up flower beds.
○      Sweep surfaces such as patios and decks.
○      Remove or consolidate clutter such as bicycles, toys, etc.

5.  Touch-up.  When buyers notice small maintenance items, they wonder what else might be wrong with the house.

○      Fix ripped or dented screens.
○      Fix cracks, dents or chipped paint on walls.
○      Clean or replace worn carpeting.
○      Consider refinishing worn hardwood floors.

Do a final full-house cleaning (mop, vacuum, etc.) just before going on the market and your home will be ready to shine!

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm by Palmer Harned

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