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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Staging Tip #1: Start Outside

It’s finally SPRING and you’ve decided that it’s time to sell. You know that you’re going to need to make some changes. It’s been a long winter so the first place that you should start is the exterior of your home.

Your first step begins by walking across the street and having a look at your home from a buyer’s perspective. What do you see? Are the gutters coming loose? Is the front yard in bad shape? Does the garage door or the front door need a new coat of paint? You’ll likely notice things you haven’t seen for months or possibly years.

Buyers can be brutal when assessing your property so make it worth their while to get out of the car and come inside. If you don’t stage the exterior people might say it looks too small or it’s overpriced just because there are too many trees or the bushes have grown up over the windows. You must merchandise your home to make it appealing to potential buyers and that starts by staging the exterior.

Here are just a few of items on a checklist you should use when you are staging the exterior of your property:

• FRONT DOOR: To make your house look crisp and in good condition, paint or stain the front door. This is an inexpensive way to make a great first impression.

• FRONT ENTRANCE: Add colour by planting flowers. Remove ornamental lions, frogs and bunnies that could be distracting buyers from the focal point, the entrance itself.

• ROOF: Ensure the roof is in a good state of repair, remember that a roof is not an upgrade in a home, it’s a prerequisite. Make sure that the gutters are free of debris and/or branches to keep animals, insects and foliage off the roof.

You have a very small window of time in which to make a great first impression, so stage your home inside and out. Whether your house sits on several acres or a small urban/suburban lot, it still needs to be done.

Call or email me today for a FREE market evaluation and staging consultation with a complete outdoor checklist containing detailed tips and ideas for staging the exterior of your property.

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