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As Real Estate Agents, we learn all types of tips and tricks over the years. For many people, selling their home is a brand new experience and can be a little intimidating. Today, we are going to highlight what to keep in mind as you stage your home and list it online. A majority of people do their real estate shopping online, so looks are EVERYTHING. From your curb appeal to your quality of pictures, a buyers eye is very critical. Today, we are going to share with you some things we have learned along the way that will help you sell your home faster! 

 

Setting the Stage

 

To start, walk through each room and declutter as best you can. You want your home to feel as big and open as possible! Get out all your cleaning supplies and get that house spotless. Hire a professional cleaner if your home is too big or you don’t have the time to clean it yourself. 

 

Next, take a look at your furniture and decor. Don’t break the bank shopping around, unless you’re planning to keep that furniture for your next home. Hit up thrift stores, yard sales, and discount stores. Consider borrowing pieces from friends or family. Home experts recommend a neutral, clean, and fresh look. This has been proven to sell your home faster. 

 

To brainstorm ideas on how to decorate your home for a more modern, trendy look browse through some interior design pages. One we highly recommend is here in the East Valley! Lexi Westergard graduated from the American Institute of Interior Design and has several years experience designing homes. To learn more click here!  

Pinterest is another fantastic free website to help give you trendy home decorating ideas.

 

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Lighting

 

Good lighting dramatically changes the look of any living space. A common mistake made by homeowners is not setting up the right lighting for pictures of their home. Swap old lamp shades with a new, neutral color shade. Try using overhead lights or wall sconces.  

Open up some windows! Open up shutters, curtains, and blinds to let the light in. Experts say that “homes that are brighter inside sell faster and open curtains look prettier on the street”. Natural light is scientifically proven to sell homes faster and for more money. So give buyers what they want!

Click here to learn more!

 

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Create a “homey” feel

 

Stage the home with bouquets of fresh flowers or bowls of fresh fruits. These small touches help potential buyers better envision themselves in your home. 

 

Curb Appeal

 

Don’t ignore your homes exterior. Make sure the lawn is freshly cut, the driveway is clean, and the landscape looks immaculate. In real estate, an attractive exterior can make or break a home sale.

 

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Pictures

 

You wouldn’t believe how many sought after homes get put to the side simply because of poorly taken photos. Here are some of the top tips real estate and home experts have given when your taking these photos of your home!

 

Avoid the “fish eye angle”

People want to see your home like it exists in real life-not a distorted version of it. This isn’t a time to be artsy, just keep it clean and simple.

 

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Blurry Photos- After you take all your photos, make the effort to scan through each picture and throw out the blurry ones. Even if it’s the slightest bit foggy, go back and take another picture.

 

 

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Although your Iphone may take some great selfies, avoid counting on your phone for these pictures of your home. The difference is drastic and using a professional camera/editing is much more appealing to a buyer’s eye.

 

Lastly, avoid letting any people or pets get into shots. If you accidentally got in a shot in a bathroom mirror for example, go back and retake it.

 

After all this staging and decorating, walk around your home as a buyer. Take notes of anything else that may need to be thrown out, redecorated, or remodeled. Get a second or third opinion from a friend or neighbor to help you decide what else may need some work.

Keep these tips in mind and watch your home attract more buyers! Good luck!

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