1. First Impressions Roll out your carpet for potential homebuyers by sprucing up the entryways. Welcome mats, planeters filled with beautiful flowers, and clutter-free foyers set the stage.
2. Sell the space, not your stuff! Remember the goal of a successful showing is to make a prospect feel at home- like it's theirs, not yours. Put away all your personal collections. Less is more: open up your space so prospects can see they're buying.
3. Paint and elbow grease works wonders. New paint and a thorough cleaning will give you a "bang for your buck." Remember netural walls are your best bet when staging a home for sale. Home Depot has all the right shades to make your home inviting. Check out www.homedepot.com for fun tools and netural colors.
4. Go with the flow. Arrange furniture for easy traffic flow. Considering a peice of furniture at an angle, such as a desk or couch. Angles add intrest and can create a open feel.
5. See the light. Arrange window treatments and move lamps to dark corners, so that natural light comes through the room. Brighter is better, and it will make your rooms look larger.
6. Go green. Live plans can add decrative flair, without spending much. Plants and cut flowers have a way of lighting up your room.
7. Don't forget the outdoors, espically this time of year. If you have a deck, porch or patio, clean and replace worn cushions. Bring new life into your deck with a fresh finish. Home Depot has a variety of deck stainging and sealing products.
8. Make the kitchen sparkle. De-clutter the countertops by removing, food processors, toasters and other items. If you have a breakfast table or counter, put out table settings and place mats, napkins and dinnerware.
9. Warm up an empty home. If your home is vacant, consider renting furniture. Ask your real estate professional for advice, based on your home's features and selling points.