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Want to know the most important thing about staging a home for sale? It’s simple.

Staging a home for sale brings more money! Or at the very least, will help it sell faster.

I always tell sellers that when selling, it’s important to look at your home from a different perspective…the buyer’s perspective. See four points below to think about your home from the buyer’s perspective.

1.  When a home is cluttered, buyer’s can’t really “see” the home, or it’s potential. By donating, throwing away, or storing items you don’t need or use anymore, your home will feel more inviting to potential buyers. When selling a home, less is more.  The buyers need to be able to envision their stuff in the house and envision themselves living in the house.

2. A clean home will give the impression that it has been well cared for. Strive to make your home visually and aromatically appealing. Remember the old saying:  “Paint in the can is worth $25, but paint on the wall is worth $1,000.”.

3. Minor repairs often become major stumbling blocks for potential buyers. Remove these distractions by fixing minor issues you are aware of before placing the home on the market.  The less issues a buyer can see, the less they wonder what’s wrong that they can’t see.

4. The little extras make a home feel special.  Make your home stand out from the competition.

How do I do this, you ask?  I will outline tips for all areas of the home in a 3 part series about home staging tips.  This article is part one of three.  Below I will provide tips for staging the exterior of your home and the kitchen.  Part two will discuss staging tips for the bathrooms and living areas.  Finally, part three will discuss staging tips for the bedrooms and garage/basement. If you can’t wait for other two parts of the series and would like a complete home staging checklist today, either email me at [email protected] or call me at 602-295-9695 and I’ll send you the one I use with my clients.

Home staging tips for the exterior:

  • Mow the lawn (if applicable) and trim trees and shrubs so they are shaped nicely and not touching the house
  • Rake leaves, pull weeds, and dispose of any dead plants, flowers, and shrubs
  • Store tools and other equipment neatly in the garage or outdoor storage shed.
  • Wash windows – both inside and out
  • Sweep all sidewalks and driveways.  Remove oil stains if applicable (I have great tips to do this as well)
  • Repair doors and windows as necessary.  This includes door and window frames.  Take note of any damaged weatherproofing strips around doors and replace as necessary.
  • Repair any major cracks in sidewalks and/or driveways
  • Repair or replace any damaged roof tiles or shingles, shutters, gutters and fencing.  This includes flashing and facia boards related to the roof.
  • Sod or overseed portions of the yard where grass is not growing or has died.  Plant flowers and plants if needed.
  • Add a doormat at the entrance (extra touch)
  • Add a potted or hanging plant near the entrance (extra touch)
  • Add new house numbers if needed (extra touch)

Home Staging Tips for the Kitchen:

  • Clear most gadgets from kitchen countertops
  • Remove all messages, pictures, and magnets from the refrigerator
  • Clear away papers, mail or newspapers that may have accumulated anywhere on the countertops (even if there is a desk area in your kitchen)
  • Clear sink, stove and countertops of all dishes, pots, and pans.
  • Wipe down cabinets and polish sinks and faucets
  • Clean all appliances – both inside and out
  • Wash kitchen floors
  • Air out garbage can with deodorizer and/or freshener
  • Repair any leaks below the sink or at the faucets
  • Repair any broken appliances
  • Repair any non-working or loose cabinets and drawers
  • Patch and paint walls and ceilings if needed
  • Add a plant or flowers (extra touch)
  • Add a bright colored dish towel for a pop of color (extra touch)

Again – stay tuned for parts two and three of these home staging tips to see tips to stage the bathrooms, living areas, bedrooms, and garage/basement.  But you can contact me anytime to get a free copy of a home staging checklist.

 

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