Sunday, February 1, 2015 / by Eric Lowry
Staging a home correctly can result in selling the home faster and at a higher sold price. Here are some tips to get you started:
1 - Create Curb Appeal - Weed your gardens and mow the lawn. Make sure that the yard is nicely landscaped. Power wash the exterior of the house so that it is nice and clean.
2 - Make the Porch Pop - The entranceway should look warm and inviting. Paint the front door. Add seating and plants to the porch. Place a welcome mat or nice indoor/outdoor rug in front of the door.
3 - Make The House Shine - This is Spring cleaning at it's finest. Mop the floors, vacuum, and dust every room of the house. Clean the carpets and wipe the baseboards. Wash the windows and window treatments. You want your house to sparkle!
4 - De-Personalize - Put away family photos and heirlooms. Replace items as needed with other home decor. It is important for the potential home buyer to be able to visualize living in your house.
5 - Get Rid of Odors - Remove the smell of pet, food or other odors from the home. Replace stale, unpleasant odors with the smell of fresh flowers or baked goods.
6 - Pets - Keep the pets and any of their items such as toys and litter boxes out of sight when showing your home to buyers.
7 - Neutralize - If needed, paint a fresh coat of paint on the walls in a nice, neutral color.
8 - De-Clutter - Clutter makes the house look small and it appears that there is not enough storage. Clean out and organize the closets. If you have too much furniture in a room, find another place for one of the pieces.
9 - Bedrooms - If you have taken a bedroom and made it into an office or exercise room you may want to change it back. It is helpful for the home buyer to see all of the bedrooms in the home.
10 - Update - Update the hardware in the house. Change the knobs, handles and light fixtures if they look outdated. Updating appliances, especially in the kitchen, is very appealing to home buyers.
This may seem like a large list of tips for staging a home but most of the items are easy and relatively inexpensive. When selling a home, you want it to be as appealing as possible for potential home buyers. You only get one chance to make a great first impression. You can always simplify matters by hiring a house cleaner while your house is on the market. Some people also choose to hire a home staging company such as Design to Market prior to listing their house for sale.
For more staging tips on preparing your house to sell for more money in less time, contact Eric Lowry, CEO and Listing Specialist for The Lowry Team. Eric can do a FREE Comparative Market Analysis to find out what your house should sell for. The Lowry Team is an award winning, full service real estate firm specializing in West Chester, Liberty Township, Mason, Monroe and the Northern Suburbs of Cincinnati.
The Lowry Team’s culture is that of a fun, high energy group who prides themselves on providing, personal, professional real estate service. The Lowry Team is “Different by Design”…taking a team approach to home buying and selling. The Lowry Team consists of members that are focused on areas of specialization including Listing Specialists, Buyer Specialists, Transaction/Listing Coordinator, Inside Sales Associate and a Marketing Director. Don’t Hire an Agent…Hire a Team. The Lowry Team.
Buyers and Sellers can reach The Lowry Team, Keller Williams at 513-874-1830.