Staging Your Home


QUESTION:   I have a small home and have accumulated a lot over the years.   What are some of your suggestions in getting ready to put my place on the market?


It is very important to prepare your home for viewings once it is on the market.  You only get one chance to be a new listing.  Opening up your space can go a long way.  You want potential buyers to come in and feel comfortable moving about.  I always recommend clearing off as  many surfaces as you can and remove small (extra) pieces of furniture to help with flow of foot traffic.   If you have a lot of family  pictures, take most of them down ad leave just a few.   You do not want a buyer walking into your home and seeing your life there.   We want them to start picturing themselves there.   If needed, rent a pod and pack things up that you won't need including non-seasonal items, extra furniture, bins from weeding out your closets, items in the attic and basement that won't be needed.   The pod can be stored and delivered to your new place the day you move.   Many sellers with a lot of extra stuff have found this to be extremely helpful.   And of course, take advantage of your town's refuse removal.  

Open House Tips

An open house is a crucial component of the home selling process. In fact, 45% of buyers have said that they purchased a home after going to the open house. When hosting an open house, it's important to avoid errors that can make the presentation of the home less effective. Don't make these common mistakes.

1. Don't stay: According to, it's important, as the home seller, that you don't hang around the open house. This includes children and pets as well, which can cause a disruption. Buyers are less likely to say how they feel if the seller is present, and it may make them uncomfortable. Let your licensed real estate agent handle the open house, they know best.

2. Remove all personal items: Fox News suggests before the open house begins, remove pictures and other personal items so that potential buyers can envision themselves living in your home.

3. Cleanliness: Make sure your home is at its cleanest and neatest during your open house, says Fox Business. Buyers are likely to want to see areas that you may forget to make presentable like cabinets, your "junk drawer" and the closet where you stashed, well, everything.

4. Don't play music: Some home sellers choose to play music in the background to make buyers more comfortable and create a livelier atmosphere, but this can actually work against you, according to USA Today. Music is very subjective and people may not like the music you play. Music could also be distracting.

5. Manage temperature and smells: Take the Goldilocks approach, and try to find a temperature that is just right. Your home should not be too cold or too warm - you want your guests to be comfortable. advises to not overpower your home with air fresheners or cleaning products. It makes sense to stick to smells that are simple and clean.

Open houses are an essential part of the home selling process. Make your potential buyers feel right at home.

9 Tips to Maximize the Value of Your Home

Are you about to sell your home? Here are our 9 top tips for getting the most value out of your home:

  • Clean, organize and neutralize your space.   Unclutter every room in your house to make it look bigger and cleaner.   Buyers need to be able to envision their own belongings in the home,  so remove excessive family photos, trinkets and personal effects.   Space is one of the top selling points for a home, so by removing clutter and extra furniture, etc., you maximize the spaciousness
  • Get your landscaping in order.    Your lawn should be groomed, power wash the driveway and paths.  Adding flower boxes and pots underneath windows and along the front; repair any cement damage and discard any old yard furniture.     A first impression is important.    Make sure the walkway leading to the front door is as attractive as can be; and of course, be sure the front door is freshly painted and decorated.
  • Clean the carpeting, polish the hardwood floors and allow sunshine to pour through the windows to avoid a dark looking house.   You might want to repaint rooms that have dark walls and freshen other rooms with neutral paint.
  • The kitchen is often the room that buyers gravitate towards first, and an updated kitchen can help sell your home.   You do not have to remodel your kitchen to give it a new look.   Updating appliances to current standards and replacing cabinet doors and hardware can make a big impact if you are able to.
  • Make your bathroom shine.    Be sure personal toiletries are put away, counters are clear and the sink(s) and tub and shower areas sparkle
  • Store and organize.  The appearance of ample storage space is a plus, especially when it comes to garages, the basement and closets.
  • Lighting.  Be sure the outdoor light fixtures throw ample light.   Be sure there are ample light fixtures and lamps indoors.   Buyers preview homes at night too, so increase the wattage of your light bulbs.
  • Homebuyers are swayed by their senses.   Be sure your home smells fresh.    Eliminate pet and harsh cleaning odors, musty smells in the basement and last nights cooking odors.
  • Be sure all valuables are stored in in a safe place.    Do not leave jewelry, money or prescription medications lying around for obvious reasons.   A few buyers may not be honest.    This is not the time to have medications in unlocked medicine cabinets either.   Buyers open closet and cabinet doors, so why make them privy to the types of medications or jewelry you have?
Need help selling your home? The experts at Century 21 Advance can help you today. Feel free to contact us!


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