Your home becomes a product when you place it on
the market for sale. And just like any product on the
shelves at your local store there are other products
to compete with. All homes have features and benefits,
strong points and weak points. To gain an edge in your
marketplace you must not only be priced right, but you
HAVE to look better than the competition.
15 Simple Tips:
The key to successful staging is the ability to view
your property “THROUGH THE BUYER’S EYES” as
though you’ve never seen it before. Investing any
time or money on the following staging tips will bring
back more money in return, and hopefully a faster sale.
1.) Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture
throughout the house. Keep decorative objects on
the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items.
2.) Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen
counter tops. If it has not been used for three
months... put it away! Clear refrigerator fronts of
messages, pictures, etc. Remember - A sparse
kitchen helps the buyer mentally move their own
things into your kitchen.
3.) In the bathroom, remove any unnecessary items from counter tops, tubs, shower stalls and
commode tops. If absolutely necessary, keep only your most needed cosmetics, brushes,perfumes
etc.., in one small group on the counter, otherwise store them away in a drawer. Coordinate towels
to one or two colors only.
4.) Rearrange or remove some of the furniture if necessary. As owners, many times we have too
much furniture in a room. This is wonderful for our own personal enjoyment, but when it comes to
selling, we need to thin out as much as possible to make rooms appear larger.
5.) Take down, or rearrange certain pictures or objects on walls. Patch and paint if necessary.
6.) Review the house inside room by room, and
- Paint any room needing paint.
- Clean carpets or drapes that need it.
- Clean Windows.
7.) If you need room to store extra possessions use the garage or rent a storage unit.
8.) Leave on certain lights during the day. During “showings” turn on all lights and lamps.
9.) Have stereo FM on during the day for all viewings.
1.) Go around the perimeter of the house and move all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps,
extra building materials, etc., into the garage.
2.) Check gutters and roof moss and dry rot. Make sure they are swept and cleaned.
3.) Look at all plants... prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows. Remember -
“YOU CAN’T SELL A HOUSE IF YOU CAN’T SEE IT.”
4.) Weed and then mulch all planting areas. Keep lawn freshly cut and fertilized. Remove any dead
plants or shrubs.
5.) Clear patios or decks of all small items. such as small planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbecues,
toys. etc.. (Put them in the garage or a storage unit.)
6.) Check paint condition of the house — especially the front door and trim. Remember - first
impressions are crucial. “CURB APPEAL REALLY WORKS!”
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