Home Staging and Curb Appeal: How to make your home saleable inside and out

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Home Staging and Curb Appeal: How to make your home saleable inside and out

Worried about the neighborhood competition? Make your home the star of the block and increase its top dollar sale potential with these simple tips.

With dozens of homes going up for sale each day, getting a great price for your property may be more difficult than ever. With these simple tricks and tips, you can make your house stand out!

Get a leg up with elbow grease. To get top dollar for your property, you may need to do some work before putting it on the market. If you feel overwhelmed, all you have to do is remember to ADORN.

Abandon attachments to your home. Detaching yourself from it and imagining yourself signing it over to new owners is the first step to prepare yourself for the sale. 

De-clutter and organize storage spaces (such as kitchen cabinets, closets, etc.), table tops, and put excess furniture in storage. Keep kitchens neat and free of excess dishes and appliances.A home with no clutter and less furniture shows better. 

put excess furniture in storage. A home with no clutter and less furniture shows better. 

 cluttered ktichens don't show well

 clean uncluttered kitchens show well

 too many personal items and too much clutter distracts a buyer

 clean rooms with minimal personal items show best

Omit items that you won't include in the sale. If a buyer falls in love with that 1950s oven your husband restored for you and finds out it doesn't come with the house, it could blow your sale. If the buyer never sees it, she'll never want it. 

Repair anything that may appear unappealing to the buyer. This ranges from leaky faucets, cracked tiles and even that worn bedspread in the master bedroom. 

Neutralize your home. While you may love your Neon green bathroom, this may turn some buyers off. Paint your walls a neutral color and keep person photos out of sight.  You want the seller to start mentally arranging their own belongings in various rooms rather than looking at your photos and feeling like they are in someone else's home. It's best to give buyers a blank palette where they can imagine how this house will become a home to them. If they make this connection, you're more likely to make a sale.

Now go ahead and create moods in the house with home staging. You don't need to spend alot of money to do this. Small things like a colorful bowl of fruit and cookbooks in the kitchen, draping luxe cloths and tapestries in strategic areas in the house, putting a basket of spa treatments in each bathroom, bringing in some greenery from the garden, or just putting ribbons around towels can make a big difference!

Curb your curb! In real estate, no matter how good your photos on the website look, if a client drives up to your house and sees a mess, chances are they will drive away from the sale right there and then.

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Clean the house until it sparkles. Scrub the windows and spray down sidewalks and exterior with a pressure washer. Get rid of any miscellaneous clutter. Making it sparkle also means adding a fresh coat of paint to the exterior if needed, polishing door hardware, and repaving the driveway or covering up cracks if they are really unsightly. Also make sure to keep a well-manicured lawn and plant flowers or group flower pots together. A good tip is to plant yellow flowers to evoke a buying emotion and white flowers because these show up well at night.

Make your home appealing at night as well since some people shop for houses after work. Make sure to have attractively lighted landscapes and maybe even add a decorative light fixture. Keep your interiors well-lighted and draw back heavy drapery while keeping sheer curtains down. This gives the impression of privacy while still making the house eye-catching.

 For more tips on how to get your house ready for market, give me a call at 213-215-4758.

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L.A. Property Solutions

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Altorous Keaton
ERA Queen City Realty - Plainfield, NJ

This is so true.  When the potential walks into a property they need to feel and imagine themselves living in that space.  Some clients are hard to convince otherwise.  I have a colleague who is trying desperately trying to get her client to clean up and organize his home to increase its appeal/presentation. 

Mar 31, 2010 08:40 PM #1
Roy Giordano
RE/MAX Central, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold, Old Bridge NJ - Marlboro, NJ
Top Agent Marlboro NJ, Marlboro/Manalapan Homes

Hi Jenny,

I always try to get my customers to use these tips - they work.  Sometimes the little things we do can make a big difference with how the home shows. You're right on the money with your ideas.

Thanks for posting

Mar 31, 2010 09:08 PM #2
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

Altorous- I know what you mean. It's bad enough when tenants don't care about how a place looks but sometimes sellers can be completlely blind to the way their property shows.

Hi Roy- thanks for the comment. Nice to know others agree with me. I hope your clients are taking your advice!

Mar 31, 2010 09:13 PM #3
Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Jenny-

I know that you are right bo getting our the soap, boxes and fertilizer.  Sellers really have to get in there and make their home that most saleable that it can be - unless they want to vaccuum every day for months!

--Sara in San Antonio

Mar 31, 2010 09:33 PM #4
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

Sara- you are so right. I'm lucky to have at least one listing where the house is decluttered and always spotless. So refreshing!

Mar 31, 2010 11:26 PM #6
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