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How important is your curb appeal?  VERY IMPORTANT !!

 Did you know that most buyers make up their minds in the first 15 seconds of their visit?  If your front porch area isn't clean, your door has chipping paint, or your yard is dull and brown, what will they think?  I know what I would think.

 "If they don't take care of their front yard and entrance, then they probably don't take care of the inside.  I don't even want to make an appointment to see that place!"

Don't make that mistake!  Clean out all the dirt....paint, stain or replace that front door, and pick up some flowers from the home improvement center.  With just a small investment you can welcome the potential buyers, and make them anticipate the inside.  Then...

Call a professional home staging consultant to help you prepare on the inside.  Our expertise can save you thou$ands of dollars.  Don't make changes that aren't going to give you the biggest bang for your buck.  Call the trained professionals for advice and invest wisely.  Ready 2 Stage:  (423)506-3718




                             Check out this video show for an example of the most welcoming doors and entrances around!





Curb Appeal Counts

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Comments (9)

Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY

Wow - love the video and the hydrangeas!  Wish I had some of those in my yard!  Great message - would you like to come work on my curb appeal?

Jul 12, 2009 04:35 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


I too love the video of the beautiful curb appeal and also the hydrangeas. 

Curb appeal is HUGE!!!  Thanks for sharing this awesome post!!!

Jul 12, 2009 06:01 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Sheila--I'll bet your curb appeal is spectacular!  You don't fool me!  Hydrangeas are pretty easy to grow.  I planted that one about 2 years ago and this is the first time that it has bloomed.  I love them too!  They stay fresh in an arrangement for a long time, too.  Thanks for your comments.

Linda--Thanks for your comments. I love to see a beautiful yard with a welcoming front porch.  It seems to just call my name....

Jul 13, 2009 03:59 AM
Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

The title of this post is so appropriate and carries through the entire video.

You do such a great job on these video's Lori! I wish I could justify spending the $$ to use them as well. My newsletter last month was all about curb appeal. The video you did would be icing on the cake in the newsletter! BTW, do you send these to your Real Estate contacts via newsletter or other avenue? 

Jul 13, 2009 05:27 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Debra--Thanks for your kind words.  These videos are so super easy to make, and I am finding more and more ways to use the pictures that I take everyday to illustrate staging tips and ideas.  I have even used them for personal photos.  I do send most of them via e-mail to my contacts and REAs.  And shame on me--I'm still not sending a newsletter.  The idea kind of intimidates me.  Silly, I know.  I will attempt them one day.  Thanks again.

Jul 13, 2009 08:11 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great advice, one that every seller should take very seriously.  My hydrangea just aren't blooming this year.  They are usually huge and full of blooms.  Yours are so beautiful!

Jul 13, 2009 09:22 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Sharon--Thank you for your comments.  This is my first experience with hydrangeas and so far so good.  There aren't load of blooms this year, but maybe next year.  And maybe I can turn them pink!

Jul 13, 2009 10:54 AM
Durham, NC

Hmm, so I should remove my doormat that says "Go Away"?  Just kidding, it's at the back door.  Love the hydrangeas which have been gorgeous in my area this year.  Thank you for sharing.

Aug 04, 2009 11:07 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Thanks for your comments Holly!  You can have a mat that says whatever you want if you are living and not selling!!  My hydrangeas have been gorgeous as well.

Aug 04, 2009 11:20 AM