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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HOME STAGING: JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER



You've heard the saying, “You can't judge a book by its cover.” No statement is more untrue when it comes to selling your home. A potential buyer sees a home’s exterior and makes an immediate judgement.

Most potential homebuyers will start their search for a home on the Internet. If the pictures of a home create interest, they will drive by that home to assess the home's location and condition.

The drive-by is critical for the seller of that home, and while the seller cannot control where their home is located, they can control how the homebuyer initially perceives the home. This is done by creating curb appeal. Here’s where we need to make the most of that first impression!

Create Curb Appeal

Creating curb appeal is important and worth the time spent. Below are ideas for enhancing your home's curb appeal. Ask your real estate professional what improvements they recommend.

Paint:
Peeling or Faded - Depending on the severity, you may want to paint the entire exterior. If the peeling is minor, simple touch-ups will be sufficient.

Dated - If your home's colors have become dated, consider painting it with more neutral or traditional colors.

HINT: Tour a new home development for ideas on the latest color palettes.

Landscaping:
Lawn - Cut and edge your lawn once a week to keep it looking manicured. Be sure to rake your lawn free of leaves. In the winter time, don't forget to plow your driveway and shovel the walkway!

Shrubs - Keep shrubs neatly trimmed. If they are near windows, cut them down beneath the bottom of the window to allow for more light in your home.

Flowers - Place potted flowers in your flower beds or on your porch to add a touch of color.

General:
Outdoor Toys - Store all toys in the garage when not in use. If you have a play set in your yard store that as well.

Trash Cans - Make sure your trash cans are sealed and placed inside the garage.

Front Door - Place an attractive wreath or other decorative item on your front door to make it more inviting.  A nice welcome mat will complete the entrance experience.

Next week we will cover Part two: Making your House a Home.

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SOURCES: All information provided is from the HUNT Real Estate Corporation Setting the Stage Guide 
IMAGES: All images purchased through istockphoto.com

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