Home staging is becoming a necessary part of home selling. While there are some simple and proven techniques to staging, such as cleaning, depersonalizing, etc., there are still quite a few common mistakes that could hinder or even prevent a successful sale of your home, and leave you receiving less value for your home than it’s true potential. I’ve decided to break this down into two parts: Before you List and Once you List. Here are some things you can start doing now, even if you’re only thinking of selling your home. Doing it now, before you list, can help lessen your to-do list once you put your home on the market.
–Don’t ignore clutter. While that stack of books or magazines on your coffee or end table may seem clean and organized to you, others may not see it the same way. Enlisting a friend, family member, or even a staging professional to go on a mock-tour of your home, and inviting them to point out any problem areas you may have missed can be incredibly helpful. Click here to read the blog about decluttering and organizing your home. There are a lot of great tips there.
–Don’t neglect outside spaces. Curb appeal is essential for a great first impression. Make sure gardens and planters are clear of weeds, dead growth, or other debris, keep the lawn mowed, and ensure that leaves are raked up during autumn. Add some outdoor furniture to the porch or backyard, and make sure that tools, children’s toys, or other items are put away. Click here to read the blog about getting that curb appeal.
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–Don’t let the fridge and pantry get out of hand. Just like your cabinets, potential buyers will likely open them up and take a peek during a showing. Clean them out and toss any old or expired items, and make sure that the refrigerator is free of any odors.
–Don’t list your home if it isn’t ready. Complete all necessary touch-ups or repairs, and only list it once you believe your home would be ready to wow buyers on a showing that very same day.
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Stay tuned for next week’s blog: “Homes-Staging Mistakes to Avoid – Part 2 Once You List”
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