DIY Staging

You want to sell your home as quick as possible and for top dollar.  So how do you make your home appear un-lived in, while still living there?  

For some people, living clutter free, neat and clean, is going to be a huge task.  Nonetheless, changes will be necessary.  Here are some tips to help you along the way.

  1.  Curb Appeal Keep the lawn trimmed and neat.  If there are any bushes or branches that need to be cut back, do so.  Also, for those who enter their homes through their garages, pay special attention to the route buyers will take.  Plant flowers, lay down fresh beauty bark or stones.  If you already have that in place, make sure there is no weed or grass growth coming through.  Clean off cobwebs around the front door and light fixtures.  If necessary refresh paint along railings, steps and light posts.  Make sure the address is visible and nice looking.
  2.  Do those Small Repairs  There is nothing worse then going to a nice home and seeing that the seller was too lazy or didn't care enough to make easy, small and obvious repairs.  You are only hurting yourself in the long run.  
  3.  Neutral Paint Colors You want your buyers to see themselves living there.  Not your colored walls that clash with their furniture.  Take the time to paint the walls a neutral color to make it appeal to the most people.
  4.  Minimalize your Furniture This falls under clutter.  If you have extra pieces of furniture that you are not using, put it in the shed, garage or sale it.  Again, you want the buyer to see themselves occupying that space.  They cannot do that if too much of your furniture is in there.
  5.  Declutter, declutter, declutter Did I mention to declutter?  Now is the perfect time to get rid of items you really don't use.  Those things/items are just taking space.  Your memories of a place or person are in you mind and heart, not on the counter collecting dust.  I promise, you won't even miss it.
  6.  Organize your Closet Yes, the buyers will open your closets and if it is a mess they can't see how much space is really there.  If it is a small closet, invest in an organizer that will neatly display your clothing.  If you have too much for the space/organizer, pack it up or get rid of it.
  7.  Secure your Valuables The best real estate agent cannot possibly know that their client may be a thief.  Also, when showing a home to several family members, they cannot be everywhere with everyone.  Save yourself a possible headache and take the initiative on this.
  8.  Add Throw Pillows They are an inexpensive way to liven up a room by adding color.  They will make those photographs pop!
  9.  Remove Personal Photos and Effects You want your buyer's focus to be on the home; not you, your family and your personal interests.  Your home will say enough about you, leave the rest to their imagination.
  10.  Keep it Clean Keep sinks, countertops, dresser tops, tub/showers and floors clean and debris free.  Make beds every morning, dirty clothes in hampers, preferably out of sight.  Stay away from overly fragrant plug ins or deodorizers.
  11. Clear Views Make sure all windows are clean and ledges dusted or repainted.  They will look out to see the yards and accompanying views, don't make them strain.
  12. Last Minute Details If you have quick or surprise showings, get a list together, that you keep handy, of everything that you would need to quickly get done.  Wipe down counters, sinks and tubs.  Gather any clothing laying around, pick up toys, clean up countertops and dresser tops.  

These are all simple steps to make your home, On the Market Ready.  Preparing you for a quicker selling and a better offer price!



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