Monday, July 8, 2013
SETTING THE STAGE TO SELL
EXIT STAGE RIGHT:
Here are just a few tips I use when staging a home:
1.) Paint color is a biggie..it doesn't take a lot to paint, but if you have feature walls with bright colors, get rid of them. You might think monochromatic colors are boring, but you aren't selling the house to yourself. TONE. IT. DOWN.
2.) Don't make your rooms look like a circus car. You've seen the smallest cars on the planet packed with ten people. It looks painful and like the last place I'd want to be. The same thing goes for the rooms in your home. Don't pack them with furniture. If you have ten Lazy-Boys in one room, take out eight and create a lovely sitting area. You might say, HEY, that's not comfortable..but, again, you are trying to SELL, so get rid of the clutter.
3.) NO SMOKING ZONE. If you smoke, don't do it in your house and invest in plug-ins immediately. The biggest turn off to prospective buyers is cigarette smoke. Also, I love my pets as much as anyone, but she sometimes can leave an odor behind. Again, plug-ins (as tacky as you might think they are) are the #1 best way to get rid of the stench.
4.) Cheat Sheets: Even after picking a realtor you love and trust, I still suggest the homeowners leave 5x6 cards at the entry highlighting special features in your home. Your main realtor might not be the only one showing the home, so make sure everyone knows what positive attributes to point out (two sinks in kitchen, central vac, new roof, hiking trails nearby, heated path to driveway, etc.
5.) Cover up flaws, but don't hide gaping wounds. If you have a few scratches on a wood floor, then cover it up with a rug. If the entire floor is destroyed, FIX it, because the last thing you want is an offer to roll in and the buyers to dash out when they see you hid a big problem..and then they start to wonder what else you might be hiding!