How To Stage Your Home To Sell | Vicky Harmon


 Prepare  Your Home to Sell:

I advise my clients on how to prepare their home to show it in the most positive manner .I will make recommendations for any changes to be made and “stage” their home.if seller requests.This is one of many services I do  for my clients.

Here's How to get your house ready to SELL:

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

  • Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house -- a product to be sold .
  • Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!

Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

People collect an amazing quantity of things. Select a few things to keep out and then. Donate it, throw it away or pack the rest of items.

  • Stage bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off kitchen counters except 1 , 2 items.
  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Less is best for these areas.

Remove furniture if needed.
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways.

Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around.

Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
If you want to take window coverings, mirrors, or fixtures with you, pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

Make Minor Repairs.

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors(Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

Make the House Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum  and clean carpets if needed
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan  and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas.

Check Curb Appeal.
If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn, rake leaves, mulch
  • Paint faded window trim, clean out gutters
  • Put out flowers in pots or plant- Yellow evokes a buying emotion.
  • Trim your bushes.