Key Advice: De-Clutter and De-Personalize!

Plan Ahead

- Walk through each room and criticize the home from a buyer's perspective.
- Ask a few local real estate professionals or home stagers for their advice. 
- Consider getting a professional home inspection to see if any repairs are needed.
- Hire a contractor to handle any major projects.
- Consider getting an appraisal to find out your current market value. 
- Hold a yard sale. Sell, donate or trash anything you don't need.

Make the home look as roomy as possible. This may require storing some items.

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Tip: Depersonalize

Buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your home, so remove all the family photos, items with family members' names on them and refrigerator art.

De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished. They do not photograph well.

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Tip: Bye, Bye Clutter

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture.  Take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without. Store excess items off site.

There are two major problems with clutter. One is that it distracts buyers from your home's features. The other is that it makes it seem like the home doesn't have enough storage space.

Dust everything! Windows and mirrors should be clean

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Tip: Stage Your Sink Area

Get rid of those personal items (people don't want to see your toothbrush) and have a second set of fancy items to impress potential buyers.

Remove rugs. Unbroken floor space increases perceived square footage.

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Tip: Upgrade Flooring

No one wants to live with dirty, stained carpet, especially when someone else made it that way. Linoleum is passé and looks cheap. Though pricey, hardwood floors add value and elegance to a home. They are also low-maintenance, provide great long-term value and are perfect for buyers with allergies.

Turn on all interior lights and make sure all light fixture bulbs are working

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Tip: Show your Pool Table

Don't just leave the pool table covered.  Show it off and stage it. 

Walls should not have too many items hanging on them. Less family photos and more art work.

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Keep shelves free from too many books or decorations

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Pack up personal or seasonal collections (your moving anyway)

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Contain pets in the garage or out of sight. Hide the pet toys, food bowl, bed, etc.

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Why Home Staging Is Important

Although staging is optional, it really shouldn't be. When you're dealing with such a significant financial transaction, you don't want to be lazy and settle for a lower selling price or a longer marketing period than you have to.

Relative to the amount of time and money involved, staging may be one of the most lucrative projects you ever undertake. Potential buyers aren't just looking for a structure to inhabit – they're looking to fulfill their dreams and improve their lifestyles. Staging helps sell those dreams and creates a more emotional purchase that can generate more money for the seller.

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