Friday, June 13, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Tips for Selling your Home/Staging

Tips for Selling your Home

List of things you can do to have a good showing.

1. De-Clutter!
• Pack up those knickknacks.
• Clean off everything on the kitchen counters.
• Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be
stored in a closet when not in use.
• Clean and organize closets, cupboards, and storage areas.
2. De-Personalize.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want
buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that
if yours are there! You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”
3. Rearrange/ Remove Furniture.
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Leave just enough
furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of
room to move around.
4. 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.
5. Make the House Sparkle!
• Wash windows inside and out.
• Clean out cobwebs.
• Clean out the refrigerator.
• Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, and light fixtures.
• Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
6. Scrutinize.
• Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want
to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
• Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how
your house will look to a buyer.
7. Check Curb Appeal.
• Mow the lawn.
• Paint faded window trim.
• Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes
a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
• Trim your bushes.
8. Stage Your Home.
• Leave all the lights on.
• Empty trash cans.
• Open blinds and curtains.
• Use air fresheners.
• Bake cookies.

For more information, contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Agent!

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766

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