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 If you stage it, they will come


In case you have not heard, now is a great time to put your house on the market because the demand is high and the supply is low.  That being said, first impressions go a long way so it is important that your house is in tip top shape before it is listed.  There are a few key tips and tricks when it comes to staging that will set your home apart from the competition and make you more money.

Curb Appeal

From the moment a potential buyer pulls up to your driveway, they will either step on the gas or be eager to see more of the property.  To ensure it is the latter response, you should plan on doing the following: power wash the siding, keep the grass mowed, plant some colorful flowers or plants, keep the driveway, walkways, and exterior of the house well-illuminated, and make sure that your house number is clearly visible from the street so that prospective buyers and agents can easily locate your house.

Clutter Be Gone

Arguably the most important tip, it is time to rid your house of clutter.  If you have enough trinkets, furniture, and toys to rival a house featured on an episode of Hoarders then it is not the right time to sell just yet.  On average, you will want to clear out roughly half of your belongings from each room.  Whether you have that garage sale you have been meaning to organize, or throw these items into a storage unit until you move, it is your call as long as the house is clutter-free in time for showings.  Staging your house properly will make it appear spacious by opening up the rooms: a “want” for almost every potential homeowner out there.  As the saying goes, “less is more.” 

Neutralize, Neutralize, Neutralize!

The deep purples and browns certainly make sense for your home theater, but many people gravitate toward bright, open, sun-filled rooms so keep paint colors, drapery, and decor to neutral tones including white, beige, warm tans, and soft blues and greens.  Keeping everything neutral enables buyers to envision their furnishings and belongings in these spaces which is a good thing! As the seller, you want a buyer to see him or herself living in your house.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is extremely important to making your house warm and welcoming.  Oftentimes, this detail is overlooked and houses can appear dark and gloomy.  A good rule of thumb is to have 100 watts per 50 square feet of space and to offer three different types of lighting options in each room: overhead, task (reading, under-cabinet), and accent (table).  The batcave is solely reserved for Batman, not for the rest of us.

Wall Decorations

The goal is to strike a balance somewhere in the middle; you want the house to look lived-in, but not overcrowded.  Hanging pictures, paintings, and/or shelving on the walls is key, but make sure to vary the height of these furnishings.  You do not want everything to be flush with the top of the wall for example, so get creative and use the stagger method.

Repair Flooring and Other Surfaces

If applicable, make the time to refinish or polish hardwood floors and seal up the cracks in the sidewalk or pavement.  These unsightly blemishes could turn buyers away and would cost less to fix than the hit you might take on any offers that come in below asking price.  These small repairs will make a huge impact without draining your bank account. 

In order to increase your chances of getting asking price, make the investment and take the time to stage your home.  You will not be disappointed.

7/9/2018