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Sunday, June 16, 2013

5 important tips for staging your home

Home staging helps make homes presentable on a budget
Home staging helps sell homes

Selling your own home with the market the way it is today is quite a challenge. Unless you’ve watched a real estate podcast on selling your home or have taken a training course in real estate investment, you will probably need to hire a qualified agent to help you if you want your home to sell fast.

When you do have potential buyers come to your home to take a look, you really only have that one chance to make a great impression. You want to be sure that your house is in the best shape ever before you put it on the market. Right now, we are facing a buyer’s market, so buyers can be extremely picky when it comes to finding the perfect house to spend their money on. Remember that a potential buyer will compare your home to several others and you should be aware of these five helpful tips when it comes time to sell your home.

Get a little perspective from friends and family

Have a friend or relative walk through your property and home with you. Have them take a look at everything in your house and outside as well. Have them be brutally honest and make notes of anything that might look like it needs repairing or things that are worn out that need replacing. Ask them if your home appears to be up-to-date. There are several ways to spruce up your home that do not cost a lot of money at all. This will help stage your home so that it is appealing to the buyer.

Pack up all of the clutter

Now is the time to clean up all the clutter in your home. Start with the closets. Get some boxes and store away all your out of season clothes as well as any items that you will not need to use for a while. A prospective buyer is going to open all the closets, and you want them to appear as spacious as possible.

Next, make sure your kitchen and bathroom countertops are cleaned off. It is always a wise idea to rent a storage area while you are trying to sell the house so that you can store items from your basement, garage and other areas of your home. You want the house to appear as clean and clutter-free as possible. You want a prospective buyer to see that there is plenty of room for storage.

Make sure all the rooms are thoroughly cleaned

Give all the rooms a good cleaning and scrubbing. Make your windows sparkle. Pay additional attention to your bathrooms and kitchen area. Caulk areas that need caulking, and perform minor maintenance as needed. If you can paint your walls off-white or a neutral color, it can help sell your home. Make sure the carpets are clean, and if you have any large stubborn stains, have the carpet replaced if you want to try and sell quickly.

Give the troubled spots and updated look

Try to update your light fixtures, door knobs, faucets, towel bars and other fixtures that might be old. Replace any light bulbs that are burned out inside and outside the home with the more energy efficient LED bulbs. You want the home to look inviting and bright, not dark and gloomy. Add some new fluffy towels to the bathrooms, and having scented candles and fresh flowers out when showing your home doesn’t hurt.

Leave potential buyers with a spacious impression

Check out the way your furniture is arranged in your rooms. Can you get around the rooms easily? Do the rooms appear inviting? If not, take some of the furniture out or rearrange it. Remember you are trying to make the home appear spacious. Simple staging can pay off in a big way. Homes that are staged to sell tend to do so quickly. When your home is in “move-in” shape, it will be at the top of most buyers’ wish list.

About the author: Alex is a writer, husband, father and aspiring urban fantasy novelist. When he isn’t writing for HomeDaddys or completing chores from his “honey- do” list, he’s most likely spending quality time with his wife and kids or working on his novel.

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