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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Capture a Buyer's Eye - Home Staging

Wondering what you can do to help capture the eye of a potential buyer? 

Staging your home allows a buyer to see your house as their potential home. Creating an inviting, homey atmosphere is sure to leave a positive impression on any buyer that walks through your house.

 Check our my five home staging tips to see what simple things your can do to capture that Buyer's eye.

1. Boost curb appeal. If a potential buyer drives by and is turned off by the exterior of your house, you can count on the fact that they won’t be interested in seeing the inside. Installing larger, easy to read house numbers, power wash your siding, walkways and driveway, and repaint the exterior as needed are just a few ideas to grab a Buyer's attention. Also, be sure to wash the front windows mow and rake the lawn and make sure the foliage is well-tended to.

2. Eliminate clutter and remove any personal touches. I know it's your home and you are most likely still living here but Removing knick-knacks, piles of paper, collections of magazines and personal photos allows a potential Buyer to picture their items in your home. Make an effort to keep your floors, countertops, shelves and closets clean and clear.

3. Neutral refresh. Refresh your walls with a new coat of paint, but I would suggest that you stay clear of dark or “fun” colors. Choosing an elegant, muted color palette gives potential buyers a neutral backdrop, so they can easily envision their own furniture, belongings, and personal style throughout your house.
 4. Make the house a home. Even though you are preparing to move out, create a homey atmosphere to attract potential buyers coming through. Style your kitchen or dining room table with complete place settings and an inexpensive, seasonal fresh flower arrangement. If necessary, rearrange the living room furniture to create an inviting seating arrangement that’s conducive to close conversation.

5. Stage seasonally, indoors and out. Do you have a fire pit in the backyard? Set the scene with outdoor seating, plush chair cushions and several cozy blankets draped over the backs of the chairs. Turn on the fireplace in your living room and strategically use autumn-scented potpourri, or simmer hot apple cider on the stove (set on extra low). Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and open windows to let in the crisp, early fall breeze.

Setting the stage for a potential buyer is a key factor in selling your home, please let me know if you would like any further ideas to set your stage to sell your home! 

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