Home Staging Prepare Your House For Sale

House Staging

For many people, preparing their house for sale means only dusting, vacuuming and mopping. In other words, they are selling their house as-is. A couple of things will almost certainly happen:

  • The house languishes on the market for months and eventually the seller cuts the listing price, or worse, it never gets sold.
  • The offers, if any, reflect the as-is condition of the house, which is usually a lot lower than the listing price.
  • The sellers get frustrated because they are getting calls from bargain hunters who are looking for a cheap house to fix them up themselves.

You don't want this to happen to you. Your goal is to sell your house as quickly and as profitably as possible. To do that you'll need to stage your house.

Prepare Your House For Sale is a four-step plan designed to maximize the value of your house. We examine the importance of decluttering, repairing, cleaning and revitalizing. Each step builds on the other to turn your home into the kind of desirable sanctuary that buyers look for in any market condition.

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After you've packed, try to store them offsite. But when this isn't possible, choose a corner in the basement or crawlspace and stack packed items away neatly. Do not use the garage or the spare bedroom as a storage area. They provide more value when you exhibit them as living space.
Full disclosure is required by law. A pre-listing home inspection helps to prevent getting sued down the road. Full disclosure will also project you as a “trustworthy” seller and that’s always a good thing.
Exterior: sweep the front entrance, porch and deck. Remove cobwebs.
Spring/Summer: separate and transplant flower and plants to balance the garden.
Be prepared to spend a few hours each week maintaining your house while you’re selling it. It doesn’t have to be done on the weekend. In fact, you should stagger the tasks. That way your house isn’t it its worst shape on the Friday before the weekend showing. Share the workload with other family members.
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