For realtors looking for every advantage for their home in the marketplace, no stone can be left unturned. To gain that important edge the home must be priced right and it must also be attractive to potential buyers. Staging a home takes the right keys and leaving one detail out can blow a sale. Here are a few things to keep in mind for staging your home to sell fast:
- Check all light fixtures to ensure burned out light bulbs are replaced. Also look at the lighting in each room and in hallways to make sure areas of the home aren’t too dark or too bright.
- How’s the curb appeal? Is the grass freshly cut? The outside of the home is your first impression. Make the right impression by ensuring the exterior is a show-piece in of itself.
- Keep curtains and shades or blinds open during the day to let the light in and show off any good views of the home.
- Make sure all necessary repairs have been made. Fix any cracks in walls or ceilings, check for any broken or dirty switch plates, etc. Buyers will expect repairs to be made anyways so take care of them ahead of time to save any negotiation headaches.
- What can you reduce? Remove family photos, limit packed bookshelves, reduce wall art or photos to one large piece per room or a few small pieces and remove any furniture that gives a room a cluttered feel.
- How does the home smell? Removing distinct odors of any kind should be done before an open house. Many agents will even bake cookies to give out to potential buyers (and to create a pleasant aroma in the home).
- Don’t forget about the little things. Little things (kids toys, newspapers, etc.) create clutter and need to be packed away by the seller or the agent.
- Rearrange furniture to create more space. This doesn’t mean put furniture up against walls, unless it makes sense to do so. Arrange furniture in a way that encourages conversation.
- Clean inside and outside. Make sure windows have been washed and have a professional clean the carpet. Dust, vacuum and scrub before potential buyers arrive. Take extra care to make sure the bathroom is as spotless as possible. Mold and mildew are major turnoffs and potential buyers will notice any little spec of filth in the home as a major turnoff. Make sure fireplaces are cleaned out as well.
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