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Many of my Project Pic blog posts have to do with Home Staging, and the one point I am always sure to reiterate is that neutrals are very important. You need to wipe the slate of your house clean for potential buyers to picture your home as theirs and fall in love. Today, I am going to divulge a few more of the secrets that I share with my clients!
Not On Trend: This is huge. If the decor of the house is not consistent with the expectations of your demographic, you will not close any deals. (i.e. wood paneling, very outdated wall paper, bold paint, outdated flooring, etc.). If you want to make money, sometimes you need to spend a little money. It doesn't have to necessarily be an expensive endeavor. If you are really stuck, contact me!
Opinionated Decor: Defintely remove any political and religious items in your home, as much as possible. Not only may they not appeal to a potential buyer, it could go even so far as to offend them, immediately shutting down any chance of a sale.
Trash: No one wants to see it. I'm guessing you don't even like to leave it around while living in a house. Buyers won't want to see it, either. Put a lid on your trashcan, and if it is an inside trashcan, try to store it in a cupboard. If outside, put it behind the garage, or somewhere that is out of plain sight.
Maintenance: During the winter months, make sure the driveway and walkways are plowed and shoveled. Do not leave any holiday decorations out. In warmer weather, make sure that the landscaping is tended to. You want your garden to appear "taken care of", and for your lawn to be mowed. Buyers will not pay top dollar for a house that comes with a "To-Do'" list.