The current real estate crisis has many homeowners feeling the pinch. Selling a home, not ever an easy feat to accomplish, can now seem like an impossibility. This does not have to be the case, not if you know how to properly prepare your home, making sure it is completely stage for potential buyers and their agents. It is not uncommon for homeowners to hire professionals to stage their home for them, however staging your home is something you can definitely take care of if you break it down into manageable sections. In fact, at the end, the sell will be that much more rewarding, and who knows – maybe your wallet might be a little heavier.
We’re told to never judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it, sometimes the cover counts, and first impressions are paramount. First Impressions, a concept we’re all familiar with, and it applies to your home. “The outside of your home is the first thing guests see,” says Christopher Breining, owner of HomeStagers, Inc., in San Francisco. And like it or not, the outside speaks volumes about what’s inside — and about its owner. A welcoming entry, helps set the tone for the rest of the house. Don’t neglect the details: potted plants, a clean new welcome mat, these are the first things a buyer’s going to see and they are by far more appealing than a bare entryway.
In addition to this, Breining suggests a quart of glossy paint in a bold, cheerful color for the front door (we suggest red – a classic but perpetually bold choice.), new hardware (or a little elbow grease) to clean and polish the existing knocker, lockset, porch light, house numbers and mailbox). It can help to view your home as an outsider would. What makes you feel welcome? Cascading pots of ivy? A freshly swept walkway? Do it! It’s an investment in your home and as such, your future. When looking at your entryway, don’t forget to look down. Is your welcome mat a joke? Chuck it, and invent in a fresh coir or seagrass mat, and a trio of seasonal potted plants on the landing to dramatically brighten and refresh your home’s entry and make visitors feel welcome.
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