Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and FASTER SALE.

Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and FASTER SALE.

Warm, neutral-colored paint is key when staging your home. Fresh paint looks and smells great!

The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance. Home buyers decide in the first 16 seconds if they are interested.

1. CLEAN! First & Foremost
This is top and so important. A cleaning service is great to consider at this time. Redo wood floors. Wipe down doors and down light switch covers. Deep clean and deodorize carpets and clean or remove if not in good shape window coverings.

2. Remove Clutter

House must be clutter free. Start with counter tops. Only keep out the coffee maker and maybe a vase of flowers or live plant for color.

It’s harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home when they’re looking at your knickknacks. Pack up all your personal decor and pictures. You are moving so do not take this personally.

3. Remove some of your furniture

When a room is filled with furniture, it looks smaller, which will make buyers think your home is less spacious than it is. Make sure buyers appreciate every room by removing a few pieces of furniture. Your stager and or agent will guide you.

4. Furniture placement

How rooms flow is important. In each room, create a focal point on the farthest wall from the doorway. In the bedroom, the bed should be the focal point for example. In the living room, it may be the picture window or fireplace. LESS IS MORE. Use your agent/stager will guide you.

5. Add color by adding accessories

Add a vibrant throw, or beautiful accent pillows for the sofa will spruce up a any room and give it a fresh up to date look. Real healthy plants make a big difference too. Make sure all your light fixtures are up to date ( no brass unless solid & classic) will also make a big impact. Details make the difference.

6. Bring warmth to the house

Fresh birch logs in the fireplace, in the fireplace, flowers on the table, a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter or table. Set up, and stage areas with books. A cup of tea on the table near a chair and pretty lamp — help your buyer vision living there. Set out a game of backgammon on a table in the corner. Make the room warm & inviting.

Make your bathrooms richer by updating the shower curtain, towels, and fancy soap dispenser. ( Never leave your personal toiletries items out ). White crisp towels that are new make a great impact.

7. Make the OUTSIDE mint!

As your agent is unlocking the door, your home buyer is looking at every detail closely while standing at your front door. Look closely at this area.

Make sure your lawn looks perfect. Mow your lawn and do not forget to edge. Bright flowers and plants should surround your home’s front entrance way. Finish off by buying a new fresh doormat.

Remember when staging your home that even the best staged home that looks awesome can not sell if it is not priced right. Price and a great marketing plan and a staged home is a ticket called SOLD!

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About NapervilleBroker

Tamara Schuster is 3rd Generation Broker and RANKED NATIONALLY IN THE TOP 7% OF REALTORS by her company and multi million dollar producer annually. She is part of for the award winning Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Elite Realtors Team based in Naperville, Illinois and serving the WESTERN SUBURBS of CHICAGO. As a Real Estate Consultant I provide top level REAL ESTATE expertise and to Buyers and Sellers. Your home is one of the most expensive purchases most people make and I guide you through the process of buying and selling to ensure that the entire process is rewarding and exciting and stress free. Real Estate is my Passion and it shows. Areas of expertise include superior negotiating skills, unsurpassed customer service, innovative ideas for both buyers and sellers THAT ARE CUTTING EDGE. My Business Degree from Central Michigan University includes a Marketing Degree and finance background. Knowledge is power in this market. Full Service, Full time dedicated broker with over 30 years experience.
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