Free Home Staging Consultation
Here at the Craig Liles Team, we offer a free home staging consultation by our own In-House Certified Master Stager. We know that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home, because if what they can see is well maintained, they assume that what they can’t see has probably also been well maintained. Additionally, home staging is a critical component of the home’s online marketing plan, as staging a home creates the positive visual experience that is necessary to attract today’s buyers for showings.
Our In-House Certified Master Stager will guide you on how best to present your home. We’ll show you how you can sell your house for an extra $10,000 or more, by taking a few simple steps to present your home in its most attractive state. We’ve done this time and time again for our clients. All you need is an agent with the experience and tact to coach you!
We want to help you get it right when preparing your home for sale, which is why we offer this service free of charge to our clients.
How to Prepare Your Home
To get you started preparing your home for viewing, we want to provide you with a few tips to help make your home as attractive to potential buyers as possible. First and foremost, always look at your home from the buyer’s point of view. Make it as bright, clean, cheerful and serene as possible. And remember – showing condition is different from living condition.
Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal
When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the home’s exterior. If the outside, or “curb appeal” looks good, people will more than likely want to see what’s on the inside.
Here are some tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal to buyers:
- Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered.
- Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.
- Be sure your front door area has a “Welcome” feeling.
- Paint the front door.
- In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.
- In snowy areas, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
- Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problem areas.
- Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.
- Clean and align gutters.
- Inspect and clean the chimney.
- Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
- Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
- Reseal old asphalt.
- Keep the garage door closed.
- Store RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
Maximizing Interior Appeal
You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as possible. Also the home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects – so buyers can begin to imagine living there.
Here are some tips to enhance your home’s interior appeal to buyers:
- Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms actually rent storage garages and move half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
- Depersonalize your home as much as possible by removing items like family photos.
- Use a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the market.
- Remove the less frequently used, and even daily-used items from kitchen counters, closets, basement and attic to make these areas more inviting.
- Make sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter.
- Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odor free.
- Repair dripping faucets and shower heads.
- Buy showy new towels for the bathroom, and put them out only for showings.
- Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by installing new curtains and cabinet knobs, or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
- Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.
- If necessary, repaint dingy, soiled or strongly-colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
- Check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, and fix any problem areas.
- Seal basement walls if there are any signs of dampness or leakage.
- Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.
- Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.
- Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems.
Get a Professional Opinion
We have staged hundreds of homes for our clients. We know what today’s buyers are looking for, and we know exactly how to present your home so you can attract more buyers, sell quicker, and net a higher sales price. We’re happy to provide you with personalized recommendations to maximize your home’s interior and exterior appeal. Again, our home staging consultation is free of charge for our clients.
Full Home Staging Service
Vacant or empty house? It’s critical that you consider the benefits of full staging. Staging an empty home can go a long way in showcasing a home’s potential and helps buyers imagine the possibilities of what a house has to offer. With a compelling staging design, buyers will be able to feel more of an emotional connection with the home. And ultimately, homes that are fully staged sell quicker and net a higher sales price.
We have the resources to fully stage your home with a full inventory of stylish furniture and decor. We offer a full home staging design, delivery, un-packing, and setup/removal at competitive rates. Contact us for more information.