Staging to Sell Doesn't Have to Be Expensive

By doing a few simple things, you can enhance the value of your home even further, even in today’s seller’s market. You want to be the jewel that shines out in a small inventory of property, that all the buyers covet.

Top two staging priorities for hopeful homesellers in today’s Orange County market.

Clean and tidy – Simple foundation of a successful sale

A little effort now pays off big when selling. Clean, dust, polish, vacuum, rake, sweep, power wash, mow and blow – make your home crystal clean. Now is the time to tidy up. Put away everything. Pack up the Hot Wheels, the Hello Kitty, books, crafts, greeting cards, collections, hobbies, bills, magazines, bowls, canisters, shoes, dog toys – look around your house and complete the list. Take it down to the bare bones and make sure everything is sparkling clean and all your stuff is stored away. Fill up the garage.

Emotional appeal – Have Buyers begging you to sell to them

Color schemes are great place to start staging. Pick a simple palette for each room or vignette. If you have dish cloths, canisters, napkins, dishes and glasses in all colors of the rainbow, pick two complimentary colors for your kitchen display and pack the rest up – you are packing already, right? Check the dollar stores, clearance aisles, or even borrow from your smug  “Martha Stewart”wannabe friend. Look at everything with a new eye. If display items are clean and well organized, you’ll get that “wow” factor! By paying attention to detail the buyer can see how beautiful your house can be.

Display only two or three items on your countertops. You are staging your home for a specific purpose – to entice a qualified buyer to make an offer!  That applies to all counters – kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room. It even extends to the tops of buffets, sideboards, couch tables, dressers, bedside tables, and bookshelves. You should set all dining tables with matching plates and coordinating glasses. When selecting items to display, your toaster oven with the aluminum foil wrapped around the cook tray is not a good choice.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be clean and uncluttered. Look at each and every room with a new vision. Better yet, take pictures and really look at them. The camera does not lie, and it picks up things that you no longer consciously see, but will be visible when internet buyers look at your home.

Remember, you only have one chance to make a good first impression.

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 6:13 am
Nancy Low | Category: News, Sellers

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