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Home-staging key to selling in today’s market

Laurie Mah, REMAX

First on your to-do list, is to de-clutter. Once you put your home on the market to sell it is no longer your home, unfortunately. It needs to show like a model home. Pack away all the photos and knick-knacks that you have accumulated over the years, after all you are moving; get a jumpstart on the packing process. You want your house to look as spacious and roomy as possible, so remember the motto….less is more.

Realtor Laurie Mah

Next comes cleaning, nothing turns a buyer off more than a dirty house. Clean all the nooks and crannies you’ve never cleaned before…it will be noticed. We all keep our homes tidy and orderly, but when it comes to selling your home, you want a top to bottom, inside out clean.  Glass doors and windows are particularly important; they should be glistening clean both inside and out. Another area of neglect is ceiling fans and air vents. These are commonly overlooked in our daily routine. But certainly a potential buyer will take note and may result in a bad first impression.

After thorough cleaning and de-cluttering the interior, it’s time to move outdoors.  You want your house to be the cream puff of the neighborhood. You can accomplish that with some simple curb appeal! Freshen up the front door and make the entry way inviting. Put down fresh mulch and shrubs or colorful flowers to entice the buyers to want to see what’s beyond the front door. And don’t forget the backyard, curb appeal is more than the front yard it’s the entire outdoor space.

Lastly, if you don’t have the knack for interior design, hire a home stager. Staging your home is paramount in getting it sold. Positioning or removing furniture to maximize the space in a room is essential. The more floor space and walkway, the more spacious the home feels. The “less is more” motto also applies to the amount of furniture in a room. Adding just the right amount of accessories with the right color scheme will go a long way. It is money well spent to get that positive first impression and have a potential buyer leave your home with a good feeling and your home at the top of their list.

Contact Laurie Mah, GRI, at RE/MAX About Dallas Serving all of Ennis and Ellis County at www.LaurieMah.com.

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