Prospective home buyers are interested
in three things. The neighborhood, the
price, and the condition of the house.
You can't change where it's located, and
the price needs to be based on the
current market value, but you can do
things to give you the edge over your
competition. It's called staging.
What is "staging"?
Staging is something every home seller
should know about. It's preparing your
home to appeal to the largest group of
home buyers possible. Staged homes sell
faster and for more money than
comparable homes in the same area. Here
are some staging tips to make your home
look warm and inviting.
- Since the first thing a
prospective buyer sees is the
exterior of your home, you want it
to make a great first impression.
Now's the time to repaint the trim,
replace outdated light fixtures and
even replace that welcome mat that
looks like it has worn out its
welcome. Take a look at your
landscaping. Could your yard
use some flowers or some new shrubs?
Remember, plants can increase your
homes value, as well as appeal to
buyers. Keep the yard mowed
and trimmed, sweep the entry and
sidewalks, clean the windows (both
inside and out) and clean the
gutters and downspouts to give your
home a well cared for look.
clutter - Remove
knickknacks, trophies, plaques,
family photos, children's artwork,
refrigerator magnets, etc. Make your
home look like it doesn't belong to
anyone. This makes it easier for a
prospective buyer to come in and see
themselves living there.
Color scheme -
Repaint rooms with neutral colors.
The majority of home buyers want a
home they can move into without
doing any work until they are ready.
Don't forget the odors
- A house that smells odd to a
prospective buyer can be a deal breaker. Odors
from dogs, a cat's litter box or cooking need to
be eliminated. Take steps to freshen up by
steam-cleaning the carpets, moving litter boxes
elsewhere, and, if weather permits, opening the
windows for a few minutes to let fresh air in.
Be careful about masking odors with air
fresheners or potpourri - those can become
offensive odors to buyers as well.
- Remember that cracked window you
never replaced, or the other things
you were going to get around to
repairing? Well, now's the time.
People like homes that look like
they have been well maintained. They
want a house that is 'move-in