Stage Your Home To Sell For Top Dollar!

Getting ready to sell your home? Before you start showing your home to buyers, take time to give your home some love - even the simplest home staging and sprucing can be the difference between a buyer that walks away and a buyer that's impressed. These DIY staging tips can really make your home stand out from the crowd.

1. First Impressions Last.

Buyers want to inspect your house and neighborhood for the things that are important to them. Buyers always overestimate the cost of painting and repairs. As a seller, it is always preferable that you prepare your home to look its best, resulting in a faster sale at a higher price. Leave your house and trust your professional realtor to show it and sell it for you.

2. The Front View Greets the Buyer.

Make sure it is inviting. Keep your lawn well manicured and your gutters cleaned. Power washing the house, sidewalks, decks and driveways will greatly improve curb appeal. A new coat of paint on the front door and porch rails will give your entrance a fresh look!

3. Dust & Dirt Reduce Appeal.

Inspect for cobwebs in the corners, dusty ceiling fans, dirty baseboards, and carpets. A small investment in time and good cleaning will make your home look its' best and give the greatest return.

4. Make Rooms Look Larger.

Remove excess furniture, pictures, and posters. Neat, orderly rooms and closets will make rooms look larger!

5. Soft Music and Sweet Aromas are Inviting.

Have the intercom or stereo tuned to a station of soft background music. Scented candles and potpourri give the home a pleasant aroma.

6. Kitchens and Bathrooms Sell Homes.

Check and repair caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and countertops. Remove as much from countertops as possible and place remainders neatly on a tray or in a basket. Make these rooms sparkling clean.

7. Display the Full Value of Your Storage Space.

Remove all unnecessary articles from your closets. Perhaps now is the time to start packing for your move. Neatly stacked boxes look much better than cluttered shelves and floors.

8. Pay Attention to Details.

Loose knobs, sticking doors, dirty air return filters, ovens, and tile grout, loose wallpaper seams, and other minor flaws detract from your home's value.

9. Let the Sunshine In!

Open blinds, shades, and curtains to show how cheerful your home is. Turn on every light in the house. Make sure light fixtures are clean. When possible, wash windows and remove screens — this can increase light by 50%!

10. Pets Underfoot?

Many buyers are very pet sensitive. Keeping them out of the way (preferably out of the house) is best. Pay special attention to pet odors. Removal of pets, beds, bowls and toys will reduce pet odor and buyer rejection.

Ready to Sell Your Home in Pittsburgh?

For more advice on the steps to take before listing your home in the Pittsburgh real estate market, contact Jim Dolanch.

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