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Tips for Staging Your Home and Selling Your Home Faster!

The Kitchen has a wonderful view into the Great Room! Fantastic

Tidy Up
Potential buyers need to walk into a room and feel like they can picture themselves living there. Don’t let them get distracted by your dirtydishes in the sink, foul smells in your trash or splattered spaghetti sauce on your appliances. Likewise, make sure your bathroom sparkles. Try to pick up all clutter on the counters, including your lotions and toothbrushes.  Clean your tub well, including the the corners of the tub. You want to make sure that everything looks clean.

Get Rid of the Clutter
Clutter does nothing but distract a buyer from the really unique and great things about your home. What most don’t realize that it also makes people think that there isn’t enough storage space in your home? Why else would your toothbrush be on your sink?  Keep in mind that buyers will be interested in your closet space, so tossing everything into the closet to hide it away may not be the best strategy. (For more ideas on increasing your home’s appeal, read 6 Tips To Sell Your Home Faster.)

When potential buyers walk into your home they need to easily envision themselves living in it. A large family photo collage on the stairs may make them quickly feel they are invading your space and can’t see themselves in it. We want things to feel very neutral including the homes inhabitants – toys all over the house may quickly give away children are everywhere in the home – while I love little friends, some may not want the reminder.

What’s the smell?
What you had for dinner, Fido, and your children often make your home have a funny smell. You may not notice it because you are immune to it, so it may be helpful to have a friend or neighbor help you out. The last thing we want to do is overkill the home with fragrance plug ins to make it appear that you are trying to hide something worse then what you had for dinner last night. A quick, easy and inexpensive trick for getting rid of unwanted odors is to invite them in with the welcome scent of baking –  bake cinnamon-coated apples in the oven,  or baking some cookies. The garbage disposal stinks at everyones home. To get rid of that smell grind hald of a a lemon or orange before you leave.

This is a big one. It is very hard to guess what colors a potential buyer might like on the walls. Wallpaper is a very personal taste. When selling your home it is best to tear the paper down and paint the walls with a fresh neutral color.

Brighten it up
People love a home’s natural light. No one wants to envision themselves living in a dungeon. Open all curtains and blinds when showing your home. Turn on every light including lamps and overhead lights on the stove. This almost always leaves an inviting and clean feeling to those that enter your home.

First Impressions
Your home’s exterior is the first glimpse of your home. It may even determine their interest in viewing the inside. Make sure to cut the lawn, tri, the hedges, and maintain all the trees, bushes and flowers. Eliminate all the weeds so the property looks like it has been well cared for.  Make sure to give the windows a good cleaning.  Creating some sort of outdoor living space in the backyard, such as a deck or patio with outdoor furniture. This is another way to use the exterior of your home to its greatest advantage.



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