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Pro Tips for Staging Your Home Inside and Out

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Pro Tips for Staging Your Home Inside and Out

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Dec 2 3 minutes read

The ultimate goal of staging is to make your home look its best before the first listing photo is ever taken, ensuring buyers get a top-notch impression from the start. There are several steps involved with successful staging. Atlanta real estate expert Mary Ellen Vanaken invites you to consider the following tips on what to do to get your home in the best shape possible before you list it.


Upping the Curb Appeal

While you probably spend most of your time indoors at home, buyers are going to form their first impression of your home after seeing it from the outside. These projects can make your home’s exterior shine. 

 

Clean your siding to remove dirt and grime. 

● Plant some hardy perennial plants in any flower beds that need reviving. 

● Be sure to keep any landscaping low-maintenance to avoid turning off buyers. 

● Give your driveway a little TLC to help it stand out.


Tackling Indoor Projects

Buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in your home. Staging with these tips can help make your home into more of a blank slate without removing all of its personality. 

 

● Find a decluttering technique that works for you, then do a sweep through the house. 

Deep clean every room once you’re done removing clutter. 

● Repaint any rooms that are too brightly colored or simply need a touch-up. 

● If you have pets, remove any evidence such as odors, damage, and toys. 

● Arrange awkward spaces carefully to show buyers how useful the spot can be.


Helping Your Home Stand Out Virtually

These days, due to the ways COVID-19 has impacted the market, almost all house hunters will start their search for a home online. These tips can help you attract more buyers to your online listing. 

 

● Understand that taking good real estate photos involves a lot of specialized knowledge and equipment.

● If you’re not an expert photographer, it’s worth it to hire a pro. 

● Having a good listing description is almost as important as having quality photos. 

● Some buyers expect virtual tours, so adding a video walkthrough can be powerful.

 

It takes some time, effort, and money to stage your home well. However, skipping this step can hinder your sale. Without staging your home, buyers may have a harder time picturing themselves living in your home. Not only can this cause your house to linger on the market, it can also affect how much you ultimately earn from the sale. 

 

Ready to list your Atlanta home? Turn to Mary Ellen Vanaken for expert guidance on putting your home up for sale and getting the best price.

Article via Natalie Jones 

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