preparing your home
You can help get the results you want by staging your home. Staging is not about redecorating your entire home. It is about rearranging what you do have and making a few improvements to appeal to more buyers.
If you don’t want to do this yourself, we have accredited stagers on staff. It can pay for itself by helping sell your home quicker and for a better price. Staging your home is always less expensive than your first price reduction.
Here are a few ideas to make this process easier.
The #1 rule in staging is to de-personalize. Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms.
- Almost every home shows better with less furniture.
- Pare furnishings down to the bare essentials
- Pack up those cute knickknacks
- Clean off everything on kitchen counters
- Remove personal items from bathroom counters
- Buyers will open closets, kitchen, and medicine cabinets.
- Organize pantry and cabinet contents
- Reduce closet contents to half-full and organized
- Neatly arrange clothing, shoes, and shelf items
- Put medicines and personal items out of sight
If you’re going to take window coverings or fixtures with you, remove them now. If buyers don’t see something, they won’t want it as part of the deal.
- Replaced burned-out light bulbs
- Replaces cracked floor or counter tiles
- Patch holes in the walls
- Fix leaky faucets and doors that do not close properly
- Consider painting the walls neutral colors
If buyers won’t get out of the car because they don’t like the exterior, you’ll never get them inside
- Keep the sidewalks cleared
- Mow the lawn and trim the bushes
- Paint faded window trim
- Plant or pot colorful flowers
- Make sure visitors can clearly see your home number
- Wash windows inside and out
- Re-caulk tubs, showers, and sinks if necessary
- Polish chrome faucets and mirrors
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Vacuum regularly
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, and light fixtures
- Clean dingy grout
- Replace worn rugs
- Hang up fresh towels
- Replace that old shower curtain
If the house looks comfortable, but not personal, you are almost done.
- Open drapes to let the sunshine in, and turn on lights
- Fresh flowers are a little luxury that makes people feel good
- Make sure the temperature is comfortable
- Appeal to the senses. Your home should feel fresh
- Outdoor living spaces are becoming more important to people today, so add a few decorative touches.