Licensed New York State Real Estate Broker GRI I, II, II (by John Mellencamp)

Staging Your Home

  • Remove all clutter from the house.
    • Are countertops free and clear?
    • Have you removed unnecessary furniture throughout the house?
    • Remove the art gallery and coupon collection from the refrigerator.
  • Check the bathrooms.
    • Are the surfaces clean and clear?
    • Are shower curtains and doors hung properly?
    • Is the flooring clean and fresh?
    • Are towels neatly hung?
  • Check the walls.
    • Is paint and wallpaper fresh and clean?
    • Are the walls free from holes?
    • Are there any colors or objects on the walls that need to be removed?
  • Check the floors.
    • Is the carpet clean and free from stains?
    • Are hard surface floors clean and free from stains?
  • Check windows and window coverings.
    • Are all the windows clean?
    • Are draperies and blinds clean?
  • Pet check.
    • Are there any signs that this is a pet's home? Be sure to clean and remove kitty litter, pet toys and bedding.
  • How's the aroma?
    • Try to air out the home prior to showings.
    • If air freshener is necessary, use well before showings as a consideration to those with allergies.
  • Set the mood prior to showings.
    • Open draperies and blinds.
    • Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume on low.
    • If you have time, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home.
    • It is important to remember that buyers ask a good many questions of our agents and most prefer to do this in privacy.  The showing should take place without your immediate presence.  The buyers usually feel more relaxed and will look longer.

    Should you paint? 

    There are many factors involved in marketing and selling your home. You can't control most of them. The curb appeal of your home plays a big role in the sales process, and it's one of the things you can have direct control over.  You'll never get another chance to make a first impression of how your home looks from the street. If your home exterior needs new paint, potential buyers might not even get out of their car to come in and look.  Putting fresh paint on your home, both on the outside and the inside, is usually the one thing you can do that pays off the fastest.  You'll get more buyers looking, and they'll like what they see more, translating into a better chance for a quick offer at a higher price.    

    Try to stick with light, neutral colors. These seem to resonate best with buyers.  A fresh coat of light beige on interior walls will freshen up your home and make it more marketable.    

    Simply put, new paint is usually the most profitable improvement you can make when getting your home ready for sale.  So unless your paint is already in like new condition, you probably should paint.    

     

    P.S. If you're not ready to meet in person, please tour through my website. I'm sure you'll find the resources here useful and helpful. Enjoy!

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