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How to stage a home

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Steps to Selling your house:

1. Check, around your house. Is it attractive, clean, and well kept, or does it need maintenance that you have been putting off?

2. It’s critical that your landscaping is well-groomed and your lawn is mowed 24/7.

3. Your driveway, exterior porches, and exterior walls must be clean, too.

4. Curb appeal is what draws buyers in, helps maintain their interest, and sets your home apart from the competition.

5. Remember that unless you are willing to discount a home’s price well below market value, prospective homebuyers generally will not want to buy a house that needs a lot of work.

6. I recommend making small upgrades–like replacing the kitchen sink faucet or updating an old water heater–I do not suggest doing any major remodels.

7. If you have a sorely outdated kitchen or bathroom, you will generally come out ahead by discounting the asking price, so a buyer can choose his or her own finishes.

8. Do not try to ignore necessary repairs that would be a red flag to a home inspector or a mortgage company. These include major problems–such as an outdated electrical system or a leaky roof–as well as minor ones, such as sticky windows and leaky faucets.

9. If you do not address needed repairs, you risk a potential buyer walking away when problems turn up on a home inspector’s report. Depending on the wording of your contract, the buyer could walk away, or require you to complete the necessary repairs within a certain period of time, in order to go through with the purchase.

10. After you improve your curb appeal and make necessary upgrades and repairs, its show time.

11. The best way to get your home ready to show prospective buyers is to depersonalize it by removing family photos, art and collectibles, and vibrant paint colors. Your goal is to create a soothing space that allows buyers to visualize their own family and lifestyle in the home–not yours.

12. Do not take it personally, but no one likes your pet accessories, over-stuffed closets, movie collections, and clutter, except you. Simplify and neutralize your home as if it were a model home, because that is exactly what it is while it’s on the market.

13. If you have to rent a storage unit to de-clutter and remove excess trinkets and closet junk, it’ll be worth it. Then it will also be easier to freshen up the paint on interior walls and tone down any bright colors with off-white or beige.

14. Price Your Property Competitively Choosing the right listing price is one of the most important tips for selling your home quickly.

15. Many times, sellers try to sell property without hiring a real estate professional, because they believe it will save money in the long run.

16. Real estate pros know the local market like the back of their hands, and will review comparable sales to make sure you set a realistic price.

17. While you might be tempted to start with a high listing price to see what happens, overpricing can be a bad strategy. After a home sits on the market for an extended period of time, many people will assume that it hasn’t sold because something is wrong with it.

18. Agents and buyers may mistakenly assume that an old listing can’t pass inspections, or that it has a poor interior layout. So, do not let your home become a stale listing because it’s overpriced.

19. Most homebuyers start looking for a property online or in local home magazines. That means you need to have great images that accentuate your home’s best features and selling points.

20. Historically, spring is the most popular home-buying season. The weather is good, and families with kids can make a smooth transition during the upcoming summer break. So while serious home buyers will shop year-round, consider having your property spruced up and ready to sell by March or April.

21. If you follow these tips, you will have a leg up on the local competition–and will attract as many buyers as possible, for the right price.

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