Category Archives: Staging

10 Ways to Prepare Your House for Sale: Kitchen

People spend a lot of time in their kitchens. They cook there, eat there, entertain there, talk there. If you are selling your house, make the kitchen seem as a large as possible and as inviting as possible. Remember you are intending to move, so utilize your garage or rent a storage unit until you move to store excess stuff.

Here are a few tips to get your kitchen and eating areas ready:

  1. Clear your counters. Empty counters make a kitchen look more spacious. Since you are moving, pack up the stored items and those you keep on the counter and don’t use.
  2. Purpose the eating area. If it is currently the kid’s play room, minimize their toys (storage unit) and put a dining table and chairs back into the room. It helps the buyer visualize the size and whether their table and chairs can fit.

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  3. Remove extra leaves in the dining room table to make the room look bigger. Of course, if you have a large family that regularly uses the table, then you can make the room look bigger by removing extra furniture.
  4. Set the table and the bar counter area.
  5. Clean and organize the inside of your cabinets. Store what you won’t use the next few months.
  6. Paint, restain or update your cabinet doors if they show too much wear.
  7. Keep the doors of your refrigerator free of sticky notes,  magnets and other items. Declutter.
  8. Keep trash cans out of sight.
  9. Maintain a clean smell in the house: minimal spice and fish cooking as this can turn off a buyer when they enter the house.
  10. Clean your pantry of unwanted  items to make it look spacious.

Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing

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7 Ways to Prepare Your House for Sale: Entryway

The way you live in your house and the way you sell your house are two different things.

Your house is competing with others that are listed for sale so you’ll want to make it always look its best.  You don’t have to be perfect, just diligent about keeping your house show-ready.

The entrance to your house sets the stage for the rest of the house. Messy?  Cluttered? It could reflect the rest of the house and with a cluttered mess, buyers cannot see their things in your house.  If they cannot picture the house as their’s, they will move on and your house will sit that much longer on the market.

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Here are some tips for the entryway to your house.

  1. Make sure all lights and lamps are working to brighten up the area.
  2. Does the doorbell work? Replace it if it does not work or if it appears to have broken parts.
  3. Fix the door if it squeaks, jams or if the lock sticks.
  4. Wash the windows in and around the door.
  5. Keep the entryway free of clutter.If your family tradition is to remove your shoes and toss them in a basket near the door, put the basket somewhere else and out of the way.
  6. The entry table and shelves should be free of clutter.
  7. Clear out the front closet. Buyers will look inside and would like to see the size. If it is jammed with out-of-season clothes and other items, it will look too small.

You are planning to move soon anyway, so start packing things you won’t need while the house is on the market. If you need to rent a storage unit until you move, it may be a great investment. A staged, uncluttered house that is priced right and well maintained tends to sell quickly.

Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing


20 Ways to Prepare the Exterior of Your House For Sale

The first impression people have of your house is earned from what they see on the outside. If you house is kept well and looks inviting, chances are the inside is, too, and buyers will gain an interest in seeing what’s inside.

The truth is that some buyers will decide whether to go inside or drive by to the next house by seeing the outside.  I have actually cancelled appointments shortly after arriving because the outside of the house wasn’t in good condition and the buyers didn’t want to waste their time going in.

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Here are some tips to make buyers want to come inside:

  1. Spruce up the lawn by cutting, trimming, weeding and removing all yard clutter.
  2. Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds – it gives a fresh and maintained look for a low cost.
  3. Trim your trees and bushes.
  4. Apply fresh paint to wooden fences or power wash them to look fresh.
  5. Power wash the home’s exterior, driveway, walkway, patio and deck.
  6. If the house needs it, consider painting the exterior or at least the trim.
  7. Caulk around all doors and windows to give a tightly built appearance.
  8. Clean gutters and make sure all gutters and downspouts are attached.
  9. Paint the front door.
  10. Place potted plants near the door.
  11. Tighten and clean all door handles.
  12. Clean windows.
  13. Make sure your house numbers are easy to see.
  14. Buy a new welcome mat.
  15. If your shutters hardware has rusted, clean it up.
  16. Replace a dented/rusted mailbox.
  17. Plant seasonal flowers for extra color.
  18. Decorate gently during the holidays.
  19. Roof stains can be easily washed off and give a “new roof” appearance.
  20. Update outdoor lights or at least make sure the light bulbs work.