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By Carol Brumbaugh | Stager in Mount Laurel, NJ

Preparing a House to Sell in South Jersey...beginning with Curb Appeal

As all Real Estate agents know, curb appeal is very important. If the house looks bad from the outside, potential buyers are likely to drive on by. When preparing for a sale, the sellers need to put on their "buyers eyes" and take a look around. The roof of the house should be streak free. If there are black streaks on the roof, it would be well worth it to have the roof professionally cleaned. Likewise, if the siding is dirty, it should be cleaned by hand or by a pressure washer. Is the paint color too personal or outdated, or is the paint peeling and faded? If so, drive by new construction to get an idea of current paint colors and consider updating your home's paint colors. Sometimes you may only need to freshen up the trim. Windows should be clean and streak-free. If your concrete walkway or driveway is discolored and stained, rent a pressure washer and clean it yourself (or hire a professional). Stand at the front doorway and look around (since that is where buyers will be standing for a few moments waiting to get into the house). This is a critical area, and needs to look great since you don't want the buyers to get a negative impression that they will be looking to reaffirm throughout the rest of the house. The front door should be clean and freshly painted (this is not where you want your personality to shine through!), the door hardware and lighting should be polished, untarnished, and cleaned, which includes cleaning the glass and getting rid of the dead bugs.  Shrubs need to be trimmed. If shrubs are even partially covering a window, and there is lack of light inside, the shrubs need to be trimmed to below the window. Landscaped areas need to be weed free and freshly mulched, and edged. Grass should be alive and green. Re-seed  where needed. The lawn also needs to be edged. Replace the mail box if rusty or in disrepair. A couple pots (not plastic) with healthy flowers and some planted flowers really add appeal and give that "at home" feeling.   If trees are blocking the view of the house from the street, trim the trees enough to allow the house to be seen. When pictures are taken of the outside of the house, make sure it is done on a bright sunny day.

Now I know this sounds like a lot of work...and it is, but it should pay off in the speed of sale, and hopefully get you more money!

Coming up ... the next most important aspect of preparing a home for sale...the entryway.

Carol Brumbaugh

HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Redesigner

Burlington County, Camden County, South Jersey

Staged for a Sale


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