Home Staging Tips

Dated: 10/21/2016

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Home Staging Tips

Staging your home is a must do in the current real estate market.  A buyer's first impression of your home is something you can't change so you want to do everything you can to ensure that you make the best first impression possible.


First and foremost, clear the clutter!  You want buyers to be able to walk in your home and see everything as neat and orderly as possible.  Toss any piles of papers or file them accordingly.  Take a good look around at things and create as much space as possible.  If you don't use it daily or at least weekly then consider getting rid of it or putting it in storage.


As much as you may bristle at the idea, you'll also want to depersonalize your space.  Buyers want to imagine their things and their family in your home.  Take down family photos and children's artwork.  Try to make your home a blank canvas.


As obvious as it sounds--CLEAN.  This is not your typical clean up around the house but give it a great deep clean.  This means windowsills, baseboards, inside cabinets, the oven--everything!  Look at your shower curtain liner, does it need replacing?  How do the shower heads look?  Look at the things you don't focus on every day.  Look at it the way you did when you bought your home.


Take on some small DIY projects.  Touching up paint and fixing a leaky faucet are easily accomplished and add instant appeal.  No one wants to walk in to a home knowing they're going to have fix things.  Look around at things that you've put on the back burner because they're not a big deal and put them on boil.


You'll also want to take a good look at your decor.  Consider purchasing new throw pillows or a slip cover for older furniture.  Put that bed-skirt on your bed.  Go ahead and grab that new duvet.  Lighten the room by replacing dark curtains with lighter.  Consider changing your paint scheme to be more neutral.  You may love the bold colored wall in your home but a potential buyer is likely to see a paint project.  Add some fresh flowers. Replace the family photos you took down with framed or canvas artwork.


Now that you've got the interior primed to attract buyers take a look at the exterior.  When someone first pulls up to your house, what do they see?  Is the lawn mowed?  Is the walkway clear?  Is it inviting?  Make sure that walkways are kept clear, flower beds in order, shrubs trimmed, and the lawn mowed.  Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint.


Last but not least a final few things to consider.  If you have a pet see if a friend or family member can keep them.  You love your fur baby but someone else may be allergic or not care for animals.  If you're feeling extra welcoming consider leaving out some nibbles for potential buyers.  

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Skye Streppa

Skye Streppa is an Asheville native who holds a wealth of local knowledge and a depth of character found only in the mountains of North Carolina. His attentive advocacy to his client’s needs creat....

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