10 Important Staging Tips for Your Charlotte Home for Sale

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10 Important Staging Tips for Your Charlotte Home for Sale

Selling your home takes more effort than simply listing your Charlotte home for sale in an MLS and placing a For Sale sign in the front yard.  You simply MUST showcase your home in a way that makes it stand above the competition and be incredibly enticing to potential buyers.

One of the best ways to create this enticement is to stage your home so that buyers can see themselves living in your Charlotte home for sale.  Here are 10 very important things to do when staging your Charlotte home for sale.

  1. Charlotte Seller AwarenessBe proactive - Go ahead and make minor repairs:  Go through your home and take care of issues such as stuck drawers, missing cabinet hardware, and leaky faucets.  This demonstrates to your potential buyers that you meticulously care for your home--a well-maintained home sells faster and for more money than one that shows wear and tear.

  2. Remove personal touches:   Buyers want to picture themselves in your home, not you and your family. Remove family photos, memorabilia and collections.

  3. De-clutter:  Clear the bathroom and kitchen counters. Take knick-knacks off the shelves. Pack away half of the kids’ toys.

  4. Organize your cabinets and closets:  Because interested buyers will look in all of your cabinets and closets, take the time to neatly stack dishes and fold towels.  Arrange your spices and canned goods as neatly as possible. 

  5. Clean as though you’re expecting company:  Scrub every inch of your home.  Remove cobwebs and the dust collected on your ceiling fans. Scour the grout on the bathroom floor.  Replace worn rugs.  Hang fresh towels.  Clean out your refrigerator.

  6. Freshen your yard:  Remove and replace dead or dying plants. Trim hedges, rake leaves and freshen the mulch in your beds.  Clean the windows, inside and out.

  7. Get rid of odors:  Take out the trash daily and avoid cooking with strong foods or spices.  Boil and apple and some cinnamon prior to the showings or bake molasses cookies or an apple pie--make your buyers feel like they’re home!

  8. Neutralize your Charlotte home for saleThink neutral:  Neutral colors sell homes.  Go ahead and repaint your rooms with a neutral color, especially if your home is decorated with very personal colors or wallpaper designs.

  9. Make your rooms look larger:  Take extra leaves out of your dining room table.  Remove the extra chairs and bookcases in your living room.

  10. Rent a storage unit:  Don’t stuff your garage with all those items you packed away or removed from your rooms to make them look bigger.  Keep your garage looking great by moving the boxes and furniture to a storage unit; you’re going to have to pack them to move ANYWAY!

Let me help you stage your Charlotte home or recommend a professional stager for a fast sale.  Call me today or email me to schedule an appointment.

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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debe, this is a great list, and especially enjoy #5!    Most sellers clean as they normally do, which sometimes is not enough to be on the market and ready for a buyer!    GREAT POST!

Jan 02, 2011 01:25 PM #1
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

Debe~Great tips to get a home in Charlotte SOLD quickly! Great information for your sellers!

Jan 02, 2011 01:27 PM #2
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Excellent stuff Big Sis ! And I happen to love #10 ! I have had 3 clients get a POD or a storage unit, and it was brilliant for them ! They were able to declutter and minimalize and NOT store all the stuff in the garage or basement ! All 3 houses showed very well, and all sold nicely.

Great list Sis !

Cheers !

Jan 02, 2011 01:28 PM #3
Debra Davis
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Snellville, GA
Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville

Great list with lots of good ideas. I love your seller awareness ribbon. How cute!

Jan 02, 2011 02:18 PM #4
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Joan:  That is the simplest one and this is the one that gets overlooked because everyone is so busy worried about the other items!

Melissa:  Thanks!  I try to give them all the ammunition I can to get their homes SOLD quickly!!

Hey Lil Bro!  My line is...if you're going to pack it up when you move, POD-it NOW!  Buyers LOVE to see the ENTIRE garage!  

Debra:  Thanks!  I use that thing all the time!  I thought I'd start a series a couple of years ago and never did but, I made the ribbon for the series.

Have a great week all!

Jan 02, 2011 02:37 PM #5
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

These are some great tips that will definitely help your clients sell the homes faster and gain top dollar offers.  Nice job.

Jan 02, 2011 04:00 PM #6
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Debe, this is a great list of pro-active items for sellers to do! It takes a little work, but if it were a perfect world, we should keep our houses that clean anyway!  ;)

Jan 03, 2011 01:26 PM #7
Maria Tobin
Staged For Success - Huntersville, NC

And if the homeowners need help - hire an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)!

Jan 04, 2011 04:53 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

And I know who to call too, Maria!  Hey, did you get a call from Susan McDade recently?  She asked me for a reference.  

Jan 11, 2011 10:10 AM #9
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