There are many television shows today that focus on home staging.
They all say the same thing: do not even consider putting your house on the
market until you have taken a close look at its condition. Experienced
sales people know that you only have one shot at impressing potential buyers, so take some time
to prepare your home for showings. You will be rewarded with a faster sale and a higher offer.

Start with the Basics
Start by having a garage sale and eliminate clutter any unused item that you will not be taking to your new home.
Everything from floors to windows must be spotless, including the garage and don’t forget the basment.
Remember to clean the oven and other major appliances.

Outside Tasks
Clean the drain gutters. Buyers almost always comment if gutters are full of leaves and it
makes them question other maintenance issues.
Store or organize items that make the yard look messy.
Make your front entry inviting. Decorate it, paint the door or buy a new door. It’s the first look
at your house, so make it a good one.

Tips for Vacant Homes
Vacant homes often have a stale or mildew-laden smell in the air.
As soon as buyers smell mildew or unpleasant orders, they are out the door. Deal with the mildew and orders before you list the house.

Leaving the heat or air conditioning running while a home is on the market it reduces odors
and makes the house more inviting. We can talk about this is more details if this occurs.
Keep the lawn and landscaping tidy, even if you have to hire someone to do it.

Don’t Take it Personally
The first step is to separate yourself from any personal feelings you may have about your home.
It’s not your home now; it’s a commodity you intend to market. As the seller, you must trust
your own instincts. Try to evaluate your house as if you are seeing it for the first time.

If you were a home buyer, what would you think about the house?

What changes would make immediate improvements?

What are the home’s best features and how can you show them off?

How about a look that says “comfort” warm and inviting.

Create a Mood
Is there a mood that you’d like to create? If you’re near water, how about breezy
fabrics and blue-green colors that remind us of the beach?
Study the house, brainstorm, and speak to me we can make the ideas possible.

Pack It Up
Pack away most of the things you are taking with you any ways, after all you are moving.
I will gave you ideas on what should stay and what should be packet up. Buyers should be able to imagine their own possessions in the home. When home buyers start deciding how their furniture will fit into your rooms, you’re on your way to having a sold sign on your lawn.

Make It More Spacious
Remove excess furniture to make rooms appear more spacious, this is what we can go over in a consultation.
Clean and organize the closets.

Store boxes in an out of the way location or rent a temporary storage unit so you can de-clutter every part of the house.

Expose Desirable Features
Some times we may have to remove rugs if they’re covering up nice hardwood floors.
Remove heavy drapes that keep out natural light, especially if there’s a great view out the windows.

Add Some Life
Plants go hand-in-hand with nearly any home staging theme.

Freshen Up
How about a coat of fresh paint? Are walls in the house dingy? Are the colours dated?
Once Jackie Connolly picks the right colour for the house, we can move forward.
Jackie has experienced trade painters that work with her. This will make your live a lot easier.

Create a Mood
Bake bread during showings, or place a fresh loaf in a basket on the counter to create a warm and homey atmosphere. Have a bowl of apples or lemons in the kitchen.

Classical music playing softly in the background is nice, but choose something that enhances the mood you are trying to create. Light some candles that are in a glass jar make sure that they are not left unattended.

Essential Curb Appeal

Having some urns with seasonal flower arrangements is inviting, this is some thing that Jackie
makes for my clients you then can take them with you to your new home. This is a service that
she offer my clients. The urns can be changed seasonal.

In addition to keeping the lawn nicely trimmed, there are other elements you can add to grab
a buyer’s attention before they walk in the door: Use outdoor lighting.

It does wonders in the evenings when many homebuyers drive-bys your property.
Buy an attractive doorknob set.
Sweep the driveway; pressure wash the house or sidewalks if necessary, in enhance the landscaping.

A great overall first impression is often enough to make a buyer fall in love with your house as soon as they see it from the street.

Category: Home Decorating / Home Staging / Interior Decorating

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