If you could give only 3 tips to sellers who are preparing their homes to show...what would you suggest?

Asked by Berenice Reivitt, Allen, TX Fri Nov 18, 2011

As an agent as well as a "home stage", I am often asked for my best 3 "staging tips". What top 3 tips would you give advise to sellers who are getting their homes ready to sell?

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Michael Brow…, Agent, Allen, TX
Fri Jul 27, 2012
I would suggest the following to sellers who are preparing their home to show.

1. Be flexible when it comes to showing requests, make it easy for agents to schedule showings.

2. Cleanliness is a must and please de-clutter the home and remove the pets.

3. Most importantly, be gone during the showing, buyers feel very uncomfortable when the seller is home during a showing.
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Cathy Browne, Agent, Plano, TX
Mon Apr 22, 2013
CLEAN, DE-CLUTTER, and PAINT NEUTRAL COLORS! Those are 3 easy things you can do that will make a world of difference in the appearance of your home! These things will make your home more appealing to buyers!
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Terry Farnsw…, Agent, Lisle, IL
Mon Aug 20, 2012
1. Keep the house clean, clean, clean.

2. If possible - make the home as "neutral" as possible. This give the prospective buyers the idea of a "clean slate" to work with. If the first floor is painted lime green, or the home is covered with wallpaper from the 1980's - buyers will focus on this instead of the attributes of the property.

3. If possible, have the owners leave for the showing - and take the pets with!

I've pretty much re-iterated the comments below, but they are all correct! Hope this helps!
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Jacquie McGi…, Agent, Allen, TX
Mon Aug 20, 2012
1. The Most important thing about selling your house is AVAILIBILTY!!! If your home is only available from 9-5 because that is when you are at work, your house will not sell. Make sure your house is available as much as possible.
2. Keep your house as clean as possible! – Take out your trash every morning. Keep you counters and sinks clear of any unnecessary debris. Children’s Toys need to be put away. And make sure your house smells good! Buyers are more likely to turn down a home that has a strange odor.
3. DECLUTTER! – If you don’t need it, PACK IT! This goes for pictures, nick-nacks, toys, decor, clothes, and even furniture. Buyers want to imagine THEIR things in the house, not yours.

Selling your home is not a convenient process. Your agent will do his/her job to sell your house as quickly as possible, but as the seller you have to do your share as well.
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Scott Hulen, , 64068
Fri Jul 27, 2012
My 3 tips for staging and showing! The property needs to be clean and DE cluttered. Focus on curb appeal trim the bushes, add flowers and make the best first impression you can. My next tip does cost a few dollars but lighting is key to highlight areas of interest throughout the home, consider bright light fixtures that you can focus on areas of architectural interest throughout the home. Contemporary track lights in the kitchen can make the area really pop and can add much needed light to cooking areas & highlight tile backsplashes. Indirect light and dimmer switches can add a certain “mood” to the master bedroom that says welcome home. Updated brighter light fixtures in the bathroom make it easier to shave & apply makeup. Buyers always notice great staging but lighting when done correctly really takes it to a new level.
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Karen Wall, , Plano, TX
Sat Mar 10, 2012
Curb Appeal is also very important. Make sure the shrubs are trimed, grass mowed and flowers with color are planted in areas that the buyer will see driving up.

Clean the front door, paint if needed and clean the area around the door. The buyers tend to look up at the area above the door when I am opening it. If there is a crack in the brick or spider webs the potential buyers notice it and immediately have reservations about the maintentance of the home.

Inside the home one of the most important areas is the kitchen. Counter tops should be clear of all items except a coffee pot and a fruit bowl with fresh fruit.
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T.E. & Naima…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Fri Nov 25, 2011
Do remove as much stuff as necessary to give the place some room (not everything and not necessarily personal items) but rooms filled with furniture you can't but squeeze through are a turn off as well as stacks of papers, old magazines and dirty clothes.

Don't spray perfumes, light scented candles or otherwise "stink" up the place. Many people are overwhelmed by the heavy-fingered Glade users. Allergic people just walk out sneezing. Asthmatics won't ever return.

Leave a note if you're willing to repaint a wildly colorful teenager's room, willing to remove some gawdy wall decoration that your mom insisted on giving you, willing to repair something that looks busted, or willing to give something that normally isn't included (like a fridge).
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Jim Sweat, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Nov 18, 2011
Make it clean
Make it bright
Leave for the showing
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Sarah Goulart…, Agent, Plymouth, MA
Fri Nov 18, 2011
De-clutter (not just stuff...furniture too if there is too much of it)
Neutralize (with paint, furniture, whatever)
Highlight the positives
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Tony McMahon, Agent, WHITE PLAINS, MD
Fri Nov 18, 2011
Paint, Un -clutter, De -Personalize
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