Staging Your Home
With so much competition in the Real Estate market right now, you have to make your home stand out!
Some small changes that can make your buyer feel right at home.
Make sure you have an appealing approach to your home.
Clear away any debris. ( Dead leaves, plantings)
Edge the grass and gardens
Clean gutters, wash siding (or paint if necessary)
Trim back trees and shrubs. (They have to see the home to fall in love with it)
Plant fresh flowers, preferably white so they are highly visible.
Paint your front door with an inviting color like yellow, red or green.
Clean up after pets around the yard.
Once in, a buyer will know in less than ten seconds if this is the one.
Make necessary repairs. Little details like cracked paint or a leaky faucet can make the buyer feel uneasy about the overall condition of the home.
Remove clutter like paperwork, boxes, toys, etc.
Clean top to bottom. Floors, walls, windows, even doorknobs.
Freshen up paint jobs. Try using neutral colors to create warmth.
Limit the furniture. Let the buyer visualize their own furnishings in their mind.
Reveal any attractive flooring that may be hidden under carpeting. (unless the carpeting is in good shape)
Clean after pets. Dishes, beds, or toys should be put away.
Limit the amount of personal objects such as photos, mementos, (depersonalize) etc
Decorate with healthy plants throughout the home.
Set the mood for a good showing. Make the buyer feel comfortable.
Turn on the lights. Lighting can be used to feature some of your homes better qualities.
Play some light music, like classical or jazz to invite the buyer to stay awhile.
Make sure the home has a pleasant smell. Air out the home prior to showings. You can help by baking cookies, lighting incense (mild varieties), or keep fresh flowers.
Set the table as if you were having a formal dinner. This is an easy way to make the buyer feel at home.