How to Stage Your House – Curb Appeal

Draw buyers inside by creating a great first impression with curb appeal. A well-staged home allows buyers to picture themselves enjoying the lifestyle portrayed in that home. By staging a house and making it move-in ready, you diminish objections that a buyer might have to making an offer.  The Tomlin Team provides the services of a home marketing specialist who helps a seller stage the house before it’s listed on MLS. Staging involves space-planning, de-cluttering, cleaning, neutralizing, de-personalizing, updating what’s cost-effective, and fixing what’s broken.  In each blog post of this series, I’ll explain how to stage a specific area of your house.  In the end, you’ll have a well-staged house which will be easy to maintain and able to be shown at a moment’s notice. The very first area to consider when staging is actually outside the house.  The first impression that is made when a potential buyer arrives at your house is often referred to as a home’s curb appeal. Homes with high curb appeal demand higher prices and take less time to sell. Here are some maintenance and beautifying tasks to consider in order to get the exterior in tip-top shape:
  1. Wash the outside of your house to remove dirt, mildew, and general grunge. A bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush should get the job done.  Focus on the front door to remove dirt and scuff marks. Murphy’s Oil and Liquid Gold are great products to use to clean and revitalize a wooden front door.
  2. Repaint woodwork and the front door if necessary. Buyers will instantly notice it, and appraisers will value it.
  3. Consider the condition of the roof.  Missing, curled, or faded shingles are often a sign of a needed repair or a complete replacement. Appraisers will mark down the value by the cost of the repair.  You can pay for roof repairs now or pay for them later in a lower appraisal.
  4. Clean the windows and remove cobwebs from the eaves.
  5. Freshly mow the lawn and replace dead plants. Add fresh mulch and colorful annuals to flower beds.
  6. Add a new doormat to create a welcoming entrance.
  7. Place a planter with bright flowers by the front door.
  8. Sweep the sidewalk, porch, and driveway.
  9. Repair cracks in sidewalks.
  10. Maintain your fence.  For wooden fences, replace broken boards or re-stain if faded. Replace broken gates and tighten loose latches.
Implementing these ideas will definitely add curb appeal to your house and draw in potential buyers so that they can fully appreciate all of the wonderful features just waiting to be viewed inside! The-Tomlin-Team-Home-Team-Advantage-Graph

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