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Home Staging: Curb Appeal Is What Invites Prospective Buyers Into Your House

Oct 12, 2007
If you are trying to sell your home these days the buzz word is "home staging". Home staging is the process that sellers need to go through so that their home is appealing to the broadest possible number of prospective buyers. Statistics prove that homes that have been staged are likely to receive 3-6% increase in their equity than an unstaged home.
Staged homes also sell on average 2 to 3 times faster.

There are a lot of things that a seller can do to their house to make it a more desirable house and a lot of those things like organizing, painting and cleaning are what people tend to focus on. However, the first thing that a seller should do before they start on the inside is to increase the curb appeal of their home. If your house doesn't look its best on the outside, it is unlikely that you will even get anyone to come in and look at what you have to offer on the inside.

There are dozens of websites and ads in the paper offering help with the home staging process. But home stagers are usually expensive and even though it is an important part of getting your house sold for the most money possible, there are many things you can do yourself that are inexpensive, but can pack a lot of punch.

Go outside in the street and stand back and look at your home. I mean REALLY look at your home. If you were looking to buy this house again, would it appeal to you? Be honest with yourself. We get used to what we see everyday and start not to notice some of the things that might not be very attractive.

Make sure the lawn is mowed and well trimmed. There should not be any weeds in the flower gardens. If the bushes are way overgrown so that you can't even see the house, but instead see a jungle, you need to start doing some heavy trimming or maybe even removing plants that are out of control.

Are there toys lying around the yard or garbage cans in the driveway? Clean things up so it looks crisp and clean. Put the kids bicycles in the garage or if you don't have a garage at least put the bikes in the back lined up as neatly as possible.

Make sure your front door is clean or freshly painted so it invites people in. Make sure there are no cobwebs hanging down to attack the buyers. Wash the windows so they sparkle. Clean windows are a lot more attractive and they also allow a lot more light to brighten up the inside, which is also very important. Buyers don't like dark houses.

Once you start to look around and get started, you will soon realize that a little bit of elbow grease will go a long ways in improving the curb appeal of your home. These suggestions are just the basics as to what you can do. You need to add some visual interest and not give the prospective buyers the idea that they are going to have spend a lot of time and money on the house before they can even move in. If they get that idea in their head, it will be difficult to convince them to offer you the best price possible. And that is the goal you should be shooting for. Selling your house for the best price possible in the shortest amount of time.
About the Author
Linda Tanner owns http://sellyourhousefast.smmsite.com and has written an ebook entitled Home Staging: How To Get Your Home Sold Fast For Top Dollar-56 Tips For Staging Your Home Without Spending A Lot Of Money. Find out how to sell your home for more money and faster than any of the other houses on the neighborhood. Grab your copy fast at Staging Your Home For A Quick Sale
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