Thursday, July 21, 2011

Staging Your Home - The 10 Steps for a Speedy Sale

If you are looking to sell your home in the Lexington, MA area there are 10 areas that you should not over look when staging your home. Buyers WILL take all these into consideration when determining which home to purchase.

1. De-Clutter- Yes we all know this but do you actually do it? When we say de-clutter we mean it. Remove all knick knacks, photos, trophies and other items that personalize the home.

2. Clean- This is especially important in bathrooms and kitchens. People look hard at these areas. Clean under and around furniture that you normally wouldn’t.

3. Forgotten Spaces- Don’t forget to clean and organize, closest, cabinets, basements and attics and garages. People walking through the home will be looking at these spaces also.

4. Mirrors- Mirrors are a great way to make a room look bigger. Strategically place them in hall ways and small rooms.

5. Furniture- Placement is key. Don’t block entrances or windows. Rule of thumb; remove one piece of furniture from every room.

6. Rooms-Remove outdated wallpaper, rugs and furniture. These are smalls steps that create a huge impact.

7. Set the scene- Stage your kitchen table for eating, lay a board game out in a game room, etc. Give the buyers a picture of each room.

8. Seasonal-Make sure your house fits the season. Remove heavy drapes and thick area rugs for summer and visa versa for winter. Keep accessories to fit the season.

9. Decorations- At the same time don’t go over board decorating for holidays. If you are selling your home during Halloween, don’t have the entire house decked out in black and orange. A few subtle decorations are best.

10. Lastly, Don’t forget the Outdoors- Make sure patio furniture is clean. Create an outdoor living space when possible using accessories. The lawn should be cut and weeds pulled. A few flower arrangements or plantings add a nice touch.

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