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Acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions. Did you know well placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all the lights can make a room seem bright and cheery?
Staging your home and removing clutter is a proven strategy for speeding up the sales process. Highlight your home’s strengths and give prospective buyers a sense of how they’d decorate rooms in the house.
Here are some quick tips to help you stage your home to sell.
Get rid of ‘Stuff’ - You need to get rid of clutter. Sellers often forget about some of the biggest causes of clutter: couches, chairs, and tables. Having too much furniture in your home can make it seem small and cramped. Before we start showing your home, walk around and remove excess furniture items. You don’t need to get rid of everything, you want your house to look lived-in, just make sure you’re maximizing the space in each room. Remove excessive wall hangings and knick knacks (consider a temporary self-storage unit).
Cleaning up and Maintenance - Clean and/or paint walls and ceilings in neutral colors. Organize cabinets and closets. Clean all hanging light fixtures and ceiling fans. Shampoo carpets. Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
Lighting - Great lighting is crucial for making your home look warm and welcoming. If you notice that some areas of your home are dark and dreary, increase the wattages of the lightbulbs in the fixtures and lamps. A good rule of thumb is to have a total of 100 watts of lighting for every 50 square feet of interior space. Try three different types of lighting per room: accent lighting (on a wall or table), task lighting (such as a reading or under-cabinet light), and ambient lighting (overhead).
Appliances - Okay, you might not be willing to spend thousands installing new appliances just for staging. However, studies show that new appliances in the kitchen garner high returns for sellers, which means you stand to get a better price for your home.Don't forget about yard maintenance
Home Exterior - Keep the grass freshly cut and all the landscaping watered. Remove all yard clutter and garbage. Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds if needed. Clean windows inside and out. Wash or paint home's exterior. Tighten and clean all door handles. Ensure gutter and downspouts are firmly attached.
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