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Get Your Home Ready For Sale

by Randy Gridley

So, you've reached the point that you're ready to put your house up for sale. This means that you will have to do some preparation to get your home ready to put on the market. You will need to get it into shape to show it to others.  There are a variety of things that should be done to do that. You must understand that prospective buyers will more than likely have many homes to look at, so they will be choosy about which home they invest in. House staging is one great way that sellers showcase their home to buyers and receive the best price during the home's sale.

While your house may seem perfect to you, you'll want to put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Others want a home that can fit their personal lifestyle, not yours. You may love the look of your customized shelves overflowing with books or the many knickknacks cluttering up your fireplace mantle and tables, but remember now is the time to keep possible buyers in mind. You will need to take some time to sit down and look at your home in an unbiased way and figure out what you need to change in order to bring about the most appeal for as many customers as possible. Understand that they need to have the ability to imagine themselves and their own belongings in your home, and this means that your decor should be simple and sparse.

The first step is to start with an individual room and throw out, donate or store away any items that are not necessary for very basic decor and are not used often. Doing this will also be a big help to you when it comes time to pack your things up for a move after the home sells.

When it comes to items that you do not use regularly and want to keep, store them out of sight in sturdy moving boxes, and make sure to label them as to what is inside each box. You will need to follow these steps until you have removed unnecessary clutter from every room in the house. In the end, you should only have crucial pieces of furniture in each room and basic decor on the walls to make everything look finished and pulled together.

Clean all shelves and surfaces to make sure that none of them have any dust on them. Take the time to use a good furniture polish on all wood shelving and furniture. Take note of any scratches in wood furniture. If polishing the scratches doesn't cover them well, use a walnut finish to rub into each scratch. Let the oil from the walnut finish sit for at least a few minutes and wipe away. The scratches will then be very hard to notice or look to be nonexistent.

Check all walls throughout the home for nail holes, and make use of spackle to fill them in carefully. Small spackle knives and spackle can be found at any home supply store. Use a very small amount to fill each hole, and immediately smooth the area over with the spackle knife. If your walls show signs of any wear at all, it is important to paint them in a neutral color to give the room a fresh, cared-for look.

Whether you think your carpet needs it or not, it's a good idea to get it cleaned. All carpets flatten due to time and foot traffic. Having the carpet steam cleaned will help to raise the carpet pile, make it look clean and smell fresh. All upholstered furniture should be steam cleaned to help them look better and smell great, too.

Look over all rooms that are used often and take a beating due to use. The kitchen and bathroom areas are a good example of this. Liquids, dust, mold and much more can accumulate in these rooms, and every prospective buyer wants to see them clean and well cared for. Scrub all tile grout, and thoroughly clean and polish all fixtures in these rooms. Clean all around the toilet, underneath the seat and lid. Clean the sinks and countertops well, and make sure there are no visible stains. If your bathroom counters and shelves are cluttered with toiletries or a variety of other things, store them all in the cabinet below the sink or out of sight in general. Consider bringing in a fresh plant to dress up the area. Ensure that all towels and washcloths that are in full view are freshly folded or hung and clean.

In the kitchen, clean all small and large appliance surfaces well. If your kitchen counter is cluttered with food containers, cutting boards and utensil holders, store them out of sight. Many customers want ample storage and counter space, and removing clutter from these areas will help to showcase more space to them.

Remember that home staging is all about putting yourself in the potential buyer's shoes and seeing things from their point of view. Your chances of a great sale can increase when you impress them with a home they can easily visualize themselves living in with their own furniture and other belongings.

Selling a home can be a daunting process contrary to people's expectations of it being an easy process. Whether your home is in an awesome neighborhood, it is large enough or bears other magnificent features, there are aspects that potential buyers are less likely to overlook. Clutter is one of the most problematic features of a home for an individual willing to place it on the sales list. Read on to learn how you can prevent a messy house from deterring your undertakings. 

If you have the tendency to pile up many personal items and your home's present state reveals it, you will hardly be in a position to get an interested buyer. An important aspect when selling your home to someone is to assist them visualize living in the space they have made on their own. This can be very difficult to implement if in every corner of your home lies piles your own personal items and clutter. 

If it is possible, you should eliminate the extra furniture from your home when you decide to put it on sale. If you plan to occupy the home until you have sold it, removing furniture such as sofas and beds can be difficult. However, you should try your best to eliminate unwanted items. This gives your rooms a larger look and gives an appeal of spaciousness which is what most buyers adore. 

If you often collect books, shoes and other items that consume much of your home's available space, you can try relocating them. Inquire from family members and friends if they can help store some of your treasures while your house is under display to potential buyers. If that proves impossible, you should then consider renting a storage unit temporarily. 

Many people seeking to sell their homes have found kitchen clutter to be one of the greatest concerns. Since bathrooms and kitchens are perfect selling points for residential properties, you should present yours in the best manner possible. Although you are a confident cook who loves to display kitchen utensils and appliances, this can be very detrimental to your prospective buyers. You are likely to emerge more successful by eliminating some of the bulky commodities that obstruct the existence of space in your home. 

It is undoubtedly true that your personal belongings can be of much essence and value to you and your family members. However, that is an aspect that is quite different from increasing your home's value before the eyes of potential buyers and home shoppers. You should stage your house in such a manner that it displays the potential space and square footage available on your property. If all of your home rooms are packed with piles of clutter, home buyers are likely to turn down your offer for sale. You should let your home be a neutral and blank platform on which home shoppers can make projections of their own tastes and styles and you are likely to close a purchase deal sooner than expected.

How Staging Helps To Sell A Home

by Randy Gridley

When you want to sell your home and get the best possible value for it, maximizing its appeal to potential buyers is quite important. One great way to get more buyers interested in your home and ensure that they make good offers for it is to "stage" your home properly. 

The basic principle is simple: What you're trying to do is make your home look like a livable place that's ready for a buyer to move into immediately. This process isn't as hard as you might think! Here are some simple home-staging tips you can put to good use.

The first step in any good staging job is to take care of every possible bit of repair work your home might need. Damaged floors, stained carpets, chipping or faded paint - all need to be addressed. If you need to do any painting, remember that choosing neutral colors is a smart move. A clean color palette makes it easier for would-be buyers to imagine how your home will look with their own furnishings. 

Never forget that potential buyers are always on the lookout for a long-term investment in a really comfortable home. (Even resellers will want to minimize the amount of work they have to do if they intend to "flip" your property.) In virtually every case, the image you want to project is of a home that's ready to welcome a new family and take great care of them for many years to come. This might mean a lot of work on your part, but the effort is worth it!

If you're no longer living in your home during the sales process, you'll need to add furniture as part of your staging work. Whether you have furnishings of your own to use or you need to borrow (or even buy) some, good furnishing is essential. A "lived-in" look (as long as it's tidy) will increase your home's appeal and make it more attractive. A properly-staged home should look like an active household for open houses and showings.

One clever way to secure great-looking furniture for staging is to work with local furniture retailers. In many cases, you can strike a deal to show off some of their furnishings during the sales process. If you provide them with a real benefit, (by promoting their store and giving their contact info to potential buyers)  you can secure some terrific furniture without spending much money at all.

Good staging pays as much attention to a home's exterior as its interior. Sprucing up your landscaping isn't tough at all. Laying down fresh bark or wood chips in planters will make them presentable. Potted plants and flowers can be strategically placed to enhance the front-door appeal of your home with minimal effort. By starting to entice potential buyers well before they cross your threshold, you can get much better results.

Any outdoor living spaces attached to your home (e.g. decks and patios) need to be treated to display their full potential. Try setting up an outdoor lounge or grilling area to show off the possibilities for potential buyers. Don't worry about the current season too much; buyers will easily be able to imagine the appeal of such outdoor spaces throughout the year. While this can sometimes be one of the most challenging parts of staging, it's certainly worth the effort. Attractive, livable outdoor spaces can add immensely to the overall value of your home in the eyes of potential buyers.

Once the staging process is complete, don't forget to document the results of all your hard work! Take plenty of photos so that you have selling tools you can use with Realtors or online listings such as the MLS. This ensures that you can reap the full benefits of good staging even before potential buyers visit your home.

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