I’ve Got to Get Out of the House… (Perspectives on Real Estate and More From a Home Staging Pro)
It happens every time. When a Seller or Agent invites me to look at their house or listing, I start by looking at every inch of the house. Even if the Seller is only interested in Staging one area, I will look at everything because my fresh eyes may notice something that the Seller and/or Agent missed. After I’ve looked over the entire house, my first thought is that I’ve got to get out of the house and take a look outside.
I’ll start with the front of the house. Everyone knows about curb appeal, right? Are the trees and bushes cut back? Are there bare spots in the lawn or is the grass brown? Is there any color to brighten things up? Flower beds need weeding? What does the paint on the house look like? Is any of the paint chipped or is there any mold growing? What color is the front door? (Forrest Green and Red are favorites of Buyers.) Are the windows clean? I could go on and on. Buyers have been known to drive right past a house that is not appealing from the curb.
What surprises many people is that I scrutinize the back yard just and closely at the front. Just like in the front, I’m looking at the paint as well as the trees and scrubs. I’m also looking to see that toys are put away and the swing set is in good repair. Are water hoses and trash cans put away? Outdoor entertainment areas are important to buyers so I’m going to want to see a neat patio and I will also discuss options for Staging the area with the Seller.
Sellers have lots of options so great curb appeal and an inviting backyard are just as critical as any improvements you may make to the interior of the house. Preparing a yard before a house is listed doesn’t have to be labor intensive or expensive. Your Home Stager will be able to assist you with preparing both the inside and the outside of your house for sale in the most economical way possible. A great yard is an excellent investment that will help you get the sales price you want on closing day.
Wishing you a quick sale!
Kathy Strader, ASP