Staging Hints to Help Sell Your House

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The way you live in your home may not necessarily be the best way to show your house to potential buyers. Think of staging as the process of preparing your home for sale, much as you would detail a car before selling it. The following staging tips should help you prepare your home to look its best and stand out from the competition.    

Curb Appeal 

This is the first impression a potential buyer has of your home--don't underestimate it.

  • Mulch and edge beds
  • Remove dead plants
  • Add color with seasonal flowers by the front door
  • Trim bushes and trees blocking the view of the home

De-Clutter

Show off the space in your home--not your stuff.

  • Remove excess furniture, seasonal items, garage items and toys
  • Consider renting a storage unit if necessary
  • Clear kitchen and bathroom counters
  • Remove some items from closets so they appear roomy
  • Remove collections and knickknacks

Clean

Everything must be spotless.

  • Remove hand prints and smudges from walls
  • Clean windows inside and out
  • Get rid of noticeable odors (pets, cooking, and smoking)
  • Remove soap scum and mildew from tubs and showers
  • Remove cobwebs, dust and trash
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned

Avoid Controversy

You don't want to offend a potential buyer.

  • Remove taxidermy
  • Remove religious symbols
  • Remove artwork, books, magazines and videos that may be questionable

Neutralize

Neutrals make it easier for a buyer to see their things in the space. 

  • Repaint rooms with a warm, neutral color
  • Remove wallpaper
  • Replace bedding with a neutral color and pattern     
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Linda, an absolutely excellent review of areas to focus on in staging a home. I never thought about removing taxidermy, but I guess the deer head on the wall is not for everyone.
Nov 26, 2007 12:21 AM #1
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Linda Sticklin
Home Staging & Organizing - Berwyn, PA

Gary,

Thanks for your comment. You may be interested in my "Extreme Taxidermy" post. It generated alot of strong emotions (mostly negative) about taxidermy.

Nov 26, 2007 03:52 AM #2
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