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Stage to Sell: 10 Tips on Home Staging

Posted by Breckenridge Associates Real Estate on Thursday, June 10th, 2010 at 12:12pm.

Thinking of listing your mountain home? Take the time beforehand to view your property through a potential buyer’s eyes. We’ve compiled 10 tips to improve your home’s appearance and help get it ready to sell.

1. Curb Appeal: You never get a second chance to make the first impression. Buyers will have an opinion about your home before they even walk in the door. Keep sidewalks and driveways cleared, lawns mowed and create a welcoming entry.

2. Less is More: Extra furniture, overflowing bookshelves, cluttered counters and bulging closets are easy to remedy. Consider renting a storage unit for extra stuff and maximize your home’s use of space.

3. Remove the Home From Your House: Remember, you want potential buyers to picture themselves in your home, so keep personal memorabilia to a minimum.

4. A Blank Canvas: Use neutral paint colors so buyers can better envision their own decor and style.

5. Lighten Up: Clean the windows, keep the lights on and let the sun shine in. Make your home feel bright and cheerful.

6. Doggy Day Care: Not everyone is crazy about animals. Keep pet bowls, pet hair and pet smells hidden. Take your pet with you during open houses or showings.

7. Kitchen: If you’re considering upgrades, the kitchen may provide the best return on your investment. You’ll typically get your money back on upgraded counter tops and appliances, but even simple fixes like new cabinet hardware, fixtures and paint will create an updated look.

8. Ambiance: Freshly cut flowers, plants, cookies and light music will make the buyer feel welcome in your home.

9. Always Be Ready: Always keep your home picked up and clean, clean, clean! You never know when it might be shown.

10. Professional Staging: Consider having your home professionally staged to help it stand out among other homes. A small investment can make a difference in your property’s marketability.

Breckenridge Associates Real Estate recommends several home stagers in the area. Contact your Broker/Partner to connect to a staging expert and set up a free initial consultation today.

Source: HGTV.com, RIS Media

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