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How To Stage Your Residence for an Open House

 

Before you put your house on the market, consider a surefire way to sell your house: expert home staging. Home staging benefits include fewer days on the market and better offers. If your goal is to sell your home quickly, go for a well thought out home staging strategy.

Staging your home in Georgia is all about selling a lifestyle. You want buyers to imagine themselves living and lounging in your house. You want them to see your current home as their future home.

If you've fully moved out already, think about renting furniture. You want your house to look livable as opposed to empty. Increased days on the market are sure signs of homes that weren't staged. As a real estate professional in Georgia, I can give you home staging tips so that your home sells as quickly as possible. Making ready your house to sell shouldn't be thought of as another hurdle in getting your house sold. It can turn into a fun and creative project. Together, we'll strive for a premium bid for your home's sale.

To see fewer days on the market in Georgia, employ these interior staging tips:

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is your only chance to make a positive impact on buyers before they enter your house. The pluses and minuses that jump out at buyers create their first thoughts about your home and how you keep up your home's regular maintenance. Knowing this helps us to choose what we can do to invite buyers from the street and into your house. If your home's exterior isn't as neat as possible with retouched paint and colorful greenery it's time to get those things done. Refer to the Curb Appeal Checklist and increase your house's final selling price.

Welcome Home

Could a buyer picture themselves lounging in your living area, unwinding in your master bedroom or studying in your home office? I want your house to welcome buyers and offer them a sense of ease. I'll help you do this by suggesting small improvements that highlight the features of your property. I'll advise you put in storage anything that gives the appearance of clutter. Counter tops should be free and clear. Kitschy sculptures, sentimental items, family photos, and refrigerator works of art should get stored away too. I can help you de-clutter your house. Unattractive or messy spots make your home look less spacious and buyers have a more difficult time seeing themselves calling your property "home".

I know instantly what a room's best characteristics are and how to highlight them. I'll note the pieces of furniture that should be removed, rooms that need a fresh coat of paint, carpet needing to be changed, fixtures that could use polishing, and any other improvement that can easily be made to positively affect the sale.

With me by your side, you'll know that your house has mass appeal and that it's friendly, avoiding "loud" or "too-bright" shades on the walls and furniture. And if the house is vacant, you can think about renting furnishings. You want your home to look ready to live in as opposed to bare and uninhabited.

Setting the Stage
At your Open House, we're doing well if we're engaging the buyer's senses. Shadows are critical and we'll draw back curtains, and reduce shadows where needed to invite the buyer inside. Together we'll enhance the air of the house with enjoyable music to listen to while guests look around your home and assure a delightful aroma circulates room-to-room. We'll include cozy-looking bedspreads, and pillows on your chairs and bedding. Buyers should feel like your current home is their future home.

 

Staging Your Home Checklist

 

  • Remove all clutter from the house.
    • Are countertops free and clear?
    • Have you removed unnecessary furniture throughout the house?
    • Remove the art gallery and coupon collection from the refrigerator.
  • Check the bathrooms.
    • Are the surfaces clean and clear?
    • Are shower curtains and doors hung properly?
    • Is the flooring clean and fresh?
    • Are towels neatly hung?
  • Check the walls.
    • Is paint and wallpaper fresh and clean?
    • Are the walls free from holes?
    • Are there any colors or objects on the walls that need to be removed?
  • Check the floors.
    • Is the carpet clean and free from stains?
    • Are hard surface floors clean and free from stains?
  • Check windows and window coverings.
    • Are all the windows clean?
    • Are draperies and blinds clean?
  • Pet check.
    • Are there any signs that this is a pet's home? Be sure to clean and remove kitty litter, pet toys and bedding.
  • How's the aroma?
    • Try to air out the home prior to showings.
    • If air freshener is necessary, use well before showings as a consideration to those with allergies.
  • Set the mood prior to showings.
    • Open draperies and blinds.
    • Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume on low.
    • If you have time, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home.

     

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    Curb Appeal Checklist

    Inspect the outside ground. Remove any building materials, scrap wood, discarded household items, etc. from the property. Store garbage cans in the garage.

    Check the home from the roof line down.

  • Is the roof free and clear from obstructions and moss?
  • Are the gutters clear and neatly hung?
  • Are the windows clean and free from obstructions (such as overgrown bushes or trees)?
  • Are bushes, trees and shrubs neatly pruned?
  • Inspect the condition of the paint or siding?

  • Is it time to power wash the siding?
  • Is touch up paint needed?
  • Is the front door in good shape?
  • Do flower beds need an upgrade?

  • Are plants neatly pruned?
  • Is the bed free and clear of weeds?
  • Is the bed properly mulched?
  • Are flowers in bloom?
  • Keep the lawn neatly groomed.

  • Is the lawn free from weeds?
  • Is the lawn free from grass clippings?
  • Is the lawn neatly edged?
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