Free Home Staging Tips that Make Your Home Sell Faster

by Bree Zaccagni - Date: 2006-12-28 - Word Count: 338 Share This!

A 2006 Chicago Tribune article cites a National Association of Realtors (NAR) study validating the importance of staging your home before going on market. The article states, Owners..."cannot view their homes as the commodities they become once they are on the market."

The article continues, "Staging the house so prospects see it in its best light "can have a profound affect." "Many folks don't know how to make their homes show well." "They fail to remove the clutter or put away all those personal items that distract visitors." "To them the house is wonderful as it is." "They don't look at it through the buyers eyes."

Most real estate agents are happy to refer their clients to Home Stagers. There's a conflict of interest between obtaining listings and critiquing your home. Some homeowners are not ready for constructive criticism. Without a Home Staging Professional, Realtors may have to rely on your broker open house to obtain the constructive criticism you need from their peers.

Every perceived problem is likely matched with a price reduction. Here are some basic staging rules that will help you avoid typical buyer complaints and sell for more money.

Exterior - Curb Appeal:

A buyers first impression begins with your listing photo or their view from the curb. Buyers can become overwhelmed by all the available listings. They start eliminating homes right here. They expect the interior to be a continuation of the image you project from the curb. Make yours the right one. A good looking exterior heightens their interest to see more.

Mow the grass. Rake up downed leaves & branches. Cut back overgrown shrubs, particularly those that obscure windows or your front door. Remove clutter such as lawn tools & kids toys. Plant colorful annuals or put containers near the front door.

Replace tarnished house numbers & damaged mailboxes. Invest in a new doormat. Check paint condition of the house, especially front door & trim. Look at the exterior colors found on new homes today. How do yours match up?

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Bree Z has been a student of decorating and design for many years. She is an accredited staging professional (ASP) from the institute of International Design & Decorating Professionals (IDDP). She is happy to give advice helping others live better or sell faster. Please visit the savings & contacts portion of her website to submit your questions.

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