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                                    Sam's Home Staging Tips



Home staging tips to help sell your home !

 

While we can't all have a beach house with a great view of the lake, there are things we can all do that will help your home sell (for more money and sell more quickly). Also, we may not all want the beach house... Perhaps a penthouse with a view of Chicago's famous skyline is what you dream of. Perhaps you'd love a bungalow or condo close to great restaurants, shopping, and everything quintessentially Chicago. If that latter is the case, you definitely should contact me today, just use the "Contact" link at the top of the page.

 

Curb appeal, most people start to make up their mind the moment they pull up to the curb (hence the name). Start by treating all the weeds (keep in mind if you have (a) pet(s), you'll want to be extra careful what you put on your lawn; as it may harm your pet(s)), clear little branches, rake leaves, fill bare patches, trim the bushes and trees. Consider giving your home, driveway, and walkway a power wash. You'll be surprised how much better a home looks after a thorough wash and a little yard work. While replacing exterior doors can be expensive, a new coat of paint is a cost saving way to give that old door a fresh new look. Also, you may want to plant some fresh flowers, as every improvement you make directly translates to buyer's appeal. 



Let the sunshine in, dark rooms are simply not as appealing. During the day, have the shades up and the drapes open (remember to clean the windows). At night, or during the day, turn the lights on (also remember to replace missing or defective bulbs). Almost all homes show much better with light.


Declutter and define each space, creatively define each space to highlight its use. Remember the old saying less is more? This is very true when it comes to selling your home. Organize each room and define each room's use. Put things away and consider getting rid of things you no longer use. Another option to consider is putting some things in storage. Keep in mind, completely empty isn't good either; people have a tough time visualizing an empty room. Move furniture way from the walls, replace fake plants with real plants and flowers; you'll also benefit with the fresh flower smell (that is, as long as allergies are not an issue). Remove family photos and certain personal items, such as a trophies. The idea is you want buyers to image themselves living there (i.e., this home could be their home).


Fix, clean, and paint, small cost effective fixes go a long way and are expected by most home buyers. Clean up and have the house ready for company (throw out the garbage, clean and clear the countertops, remove any potentially unpleasant odors if at all possible). Keep in mind, most people don't like the odor masking spray scents, only use them as a last resort. A fresh coat of a neutral color paint is also a well-established good investment; of course neutral doesn't have to mean beige and/or off-white only.



Size up your competition, walk the neighborhood and go to open houses in your neighborhood. If available, consider going through model homes in your area to see what professionally staged homes look like. You'll likely get a variety of great ideas you can use in staging your home.  

 

 

 

 

 


Note: These are just a few of the things you can do to prepare your home for sale; and while these are some great tips, sometimes it's okay to break the rules. After all, every home and each location is unique. Remember you’re not just selling your home, the buyer is buying their new home!