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Tips on Staging Your Clients Property

When you enter the home, try to look at it from a buyer's point of view. Can you see the room or is all you see the furniture and the clutter? Here are some tips you can use.

  • De-clutter everything. Keep items in the room to sets of odd numbers, like 1, 3, or 5. Make sure items are large. No small items, it just makes the room feel clutter
  • Remove any unnecessary furniture items from all rooms. Arrange the furniture with a focal point, and be sure to allow easy access through the rooms. No narrow spaces in pathways.
  • Clean everything! Toothbrush clean. Make your kitchen and bathrooms sparkle.Keep kitchen and bathroom counertops as clear as possible. There should only be decorative items, and those should conform to the large and odd numbered criteria
  • Remove all items from the front and top of the refrigerator
  • Bathroom towels should be of good quality, tie a ribbon or something around them and don't use them. Keep the towels you personally use in a bedroom closet. Keep make-up and shaving gear inside a cabinet.
  • Wash windows, and clean up front and back porch and yard. Curb appeal is important!
  • Shampoo your carpets; especially if you have pets and children. Paint walls; a fresh coat of paint is very attractive.
  • Make sure your home smells good. Use air fresheners, or bake cookies, bread, or pie!
  • Leave the lights on, drapes open, and music playing softly for any showings. And leave it like that when you go to work, you never know when you could have a last minute showing.

If all these things are done, the home WILL sell faster than if it's not done. These days, most homes are staged and they are your competition. You need to outshine your competition. Visit other homes in the area that are selling for what your want to sell you home for.

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Marianne Snygg, GRI, ABR, ASP
Broker Associate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

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Colorado Springs and Monument Real Estate

Comment balloon 3 commentsMarianne Snygg • October 06 2008 03:06PM

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Marianne, you are so right about small items creating a feeling of clutter.  I never really thought about that but it really does make rooms feel unorganized and cluttered!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 11 years ago

Patricia, thanks for leaving a comment! Do you have your clients stage their home? I took a class in Denver on Staging, thru Staged Homes, and have found it to come in handy. Especially with clients that are aware that you don't live in a home the same way when it's for sale. My last clients staged their home, with advice I gave them. And we got lots of great comments about it.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Staged homes definitely sell faster in my opinion!  Many of my sellers have staged their homes to sell. 

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 11 years ago

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