Staging To Sell

Staging To Sell

While one of the great factors in determining a home's value is Location, Location, Location….the key to getting your home SOLD is often Presentation, Presentation, Presentation!!!

There are many benefits to staging your home once you decide you’re ready to put that For Sale sign in the yard.  Some do it because they need help defining space while others may need to eliminate unnecessary furniture or other items.  Yet other sellers have already moved out and stage the home so it’s not sitting empty with no furniture/accessories at all.   While a blank canvas is not always a bad thing, it can bring attention to minor imperfections in the home, causing potential buyers to look a little bit closer than they would if it were tastefully decorated, even with just a few items.

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We asked Andrea Foley and Vicki Bosley with AV Design what they recommend to help a homeowner get the biggest bang for their buck.  As winners of the People’s Choice Award for the 2015 Home-A-Rama in Indianapolis, these ladies know just what it takes to make a home shine.

Staging minimizes flaws and maximizes the best features to ensure a home is putting its best foot forward. Tips from the experts include the following:

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  • Start with the exterior – Add potted flowers, keep weeds pulled, power wash patios and walkways and keep lawn mowed.  Hanging a wreath on the front door and placing a fresh welcome mat would be very inviting for a potential buyer.

  • Depersonalize – Pack up the family photos.

  • Declutter – Clear clutter and those countertops for a streamlined look.

  • Make your home sparkle – Clean windows and remove screens. Remember that people will look in your cupboards, under your sinks and in your closets.  Not only should your house look beautiful but you want it to smell just as nice.  Andrea and Vicki recommend using Bath & Body Works Wall Flower Plug-ins. Turning on lamps is also suggested before a showing as ambient lighting is more appealing to the eye.  You want to entice all the senses for an overall positive effect.

  • Define rooms – It’s important that a potential buyer is able to see a room and know it’s purpose.  For example, a dining room should be staged as a dining room.

  • Paint if necessary – Removing all wallpaper/border is recommended prior to listing.  A fresh coat of paint is the cheapest way to refresh a space.  A warm, neutral color is suggested to appeal to most buyers.

The key to good staging is to keep it from looking too obvious.  
When you’re ready to list your home, remember that a little bit of staging can go a long way!

Remember it’s all about Presentation, Presentation, Presentation!!!

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