Thinking of selling your
South Jersey house? Staging your home can make a big difference in your
Walk through each room of
your home and look at/critique it from a buyer’s perspective. When you live in
the same place every day, you tend to miss things that are obvious to an
outsider. You could even consider
getting a professional home inspection to see if any repairs are needed.
The next step is to clean, de-clutter
and depersonalize your home. You want
the buyer to see themselves living in your home, not you, so remove all family
photos and personal collections.
Thoroughly clean the entire home.
Scrub all tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. Clean all hardwood floors. Steam clean the
carpets and drapes, consider replacing the carpet if it has a lot of stains
that will not come out. Make sure that
all dust and dirt is gone. Repair cracks
and holes in the walls and paint the interior walls with neutral colors (beige,
cream or light pastels).
Remove all excess and
oversized furniture and rearrange the furniture to maximize space. You want your rooms to look as large as
possible. Organize all of the closets
and store out-of-season clothes in another location. Remove all small
appliances, toys, magazines and pet items from all rooms in your home. The garage needs to be as empty as possible;
you might want to consider renting a mobile storage unit while you have your home
on the market. This will give you a
secure place to store all of your excess possessions. We all have too much stuff.
Pay special attention to the
kitchen and bathrooms. Clear all of the
countertops and mop and polish the floors.
Replace any outdated hardware and clean all of the appliances and
fixtures. In the kitchen clean and
organize the pantry, cabinets and drawers.
Again, if they are overflowing with “stuff” eliminate as much as
possible. In the bathrooms, replace old
caulking around sinks and bathtubs. Keep the toilet seat lids closed and be
sure to hang fresh towels in each room.
Show off your home’s best
features. Do things like remove rugs to
show off beautiful hardwood floors. Open
curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off nice views. Also, make sure fireplaces are in working
condition. Staging the front porch and
deck is a nice touch. In the spring and
summer put out flowers and potted plants. In the fall and winter use fall leaves
and snowmen, as appropriate.
When you are preparing for an
open house there are many things you can do to make your home attractive to
prospective buyers. Turn on all of the
lights and install higher wattage light bulbs to brighten the rooms. Turn off
all TV’s and turn on some soft music in the background. Music can be very relaxing. You will also want to relocate your pets on
the day of the open house and remove food dishes and water bowls. You love your pet, but not all prospective
buyers feel the same.
Staging your home will really help your selling
process. If you are not comfortable
doing this yourself, there are local Professional Stagers who can handle this
process for you.
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