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10 Steps to Stage Your Home and WOW Your Buyers

Thinking of selling a home in Fairfax Station? The market is pretty competitive in this area so you've got to really make your home stand out from the crowd if you want to impress those buyers! These simple DIY home staging and prep tips might seem minor, but they can make a BIG difference when it comes to getting noticed by buyers.

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Enhance Your Home's Curb Appeal

How do buyers see your home? From the outside in. And that means they've got to be impressed by the outside... before they will even set foot inside!

Work the exterior

A good powerwashing can work wonders on your home's curb appeal! You might consider some fresh paint, and you'll definitely want to keep an eye out for hanging shutters, missing or cracked shingles, or anything else noticeably in need of attention.

Work the landscaping

How's your lawn looking? How about your shrubs or garden beds? Even if you don't have a green thumb, there are still some simple things you can do to brighten your home's exterior, like trimming shrubs, mowing and watering the lawn regularly, and maybe planting a few bright flowers.

Work the entryway

Welcome buyers into your home with cleared pathways (no leaves, snow, or overhanging branches!) and a charming front porch. Paint your front door and replace the knob. Get a new welcome mat. Set a chair out, if you've got room, to create a cozy spot.

Make Some Repairs and Updates

No buyer wants to walk into a major maintenance project, so don't turn buyers away because your home has lingering problems or is in need of some updates.

Finish repair projects

If you know of any maintenance problems in your home, you must disclose them to buyers. Anything not disclosed will likely surface in the inspection and might even cost you a sale! It's beneficial to take care of any known issues... so there's no possibility of them deterring a buyer!

Clear out the clutter

Everyone's got some extra stuff lingering in the backs of closets, clogging up the attic or basement storage, maybe even spilling out onto countertops or tables. Take some time to clear out the stuff you don't use and create some space in your home.

Deep clean everything

It's nobody's favorite, but it's got to be done! Spend some time with those dust bunnies and your mop, scrubbing and polishing until your home shines from top to bottom, including all the nooks and crannies you might overlook in a regular cleaning.

Do a Little Decorating

Your home probably looks pretty good now... so it's time to add the finishing touches and really WOW those buyers of yours!

Depersonalize & tone down

You might love your family photos, bright colors, and unique decor, but not every buyer will. They key to staging is to make your home as neutral as possible so buyers can picture their lives (and decor) in your home.

Let in the light

Give your buyers a sense of warmth and cheeriness by maximizing the light in your home. Got natural light? Great! Open windows and blinds and let the sun shine in. Have darker rooms? Increase the wattage in your bulbs or even add a lamp or two.

Decorate simply

You want to keep your decor neutral and simple, but that doesn't mean you can't add a little flair here and there—a bright pillow, some potted flowers, a centerpiece accent. Just keep it simple and tasteful.

Ready to Sell Your Fairfax Station Home?

If you're ready to sell your Fairfax Station home, then it's time to contact Marion Gordon. These staging tips are just the beginning of the expert advice and knowledge we can use to help you successfully sell your home. Contact us today and let's list your home.

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