Thinking of Selling? Do THIS first!

Dated: January 15 2021

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Staging is one of the most vital parts of the home-selling process. While some people are visually creative enough to imagine how they may place their furniture, the spacing that entails, the color schemes they like, etc., a lot of people are not. They may see an empty room and only know is, "Here are four walls. I guess you could hang some pictures here? Maybe it’ll look nicer if everything wasn’t Agreeable Gray…hmm. I’ll have to think about this."

When selling your home, you need to make sure everyone can see their lives within your walls. Just make sure you don’t break the bank when doing it.

Fresh Baked Cookies

The last thing that you want when potential buyers come around is for them to scrunch their faces up and ask if you left the milk out to spoil. You need to make sure the place smells like home!

This trick takes just one trip to the grocery store for vanilla extract. Put two caps of vanilla extract in a coffee mug, heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and pop the mug in the oven for an hour. That’s it, you’re done! The smell of fresh cookies, sunny times with grandma, and warm hugs will spread through the home. Now, your potential buyers will walk in and think, "Ahh! This is home."

Spruce Up The Focal Point

Fireplaces can be a huge sell! (As long as they don’t look like they belong on the bad end of the eighties, or even seventies.)

Take off the awkward, squeaky folding screen and dress up the fireplace with something chic and modern. Clean up the tile and put up a statement mantlepiece. Try painting the wall around the fireplace with a statement darker color, to make it stand out from the rest of the room. A really good fireplace can tip an interested buyer into an enthusiast!

It’s So Fluffy

Everyone wants high ceilings, but hat’s not exactly something you can add in after the fact. You can, however, get a good, dark, fluffy rug. A good trick to learn is this nifty thing about color theory: when decorating a room, dark colors go on the bottom, and light colors go on the top.

Keep the rug something neutral, not too personal, and darker than the surrounding walls. This makes the room feel bigger, especially with a smooth, white ceiling.

Brighten Their Day

Light has never been a subject of controversy! Bring plenty of it into your home to entice those viewers.

Get a lamp with some accent color, get a new hanging chandelier. Check to make sure every bulb in the house is working. Check the ceiling bulbs to make sure that each emits the same kind of light as well – such as one being more dim than the others, or one is a white light and the others more yellow. If you live there you may not notice a small detail like this, but to a visitor checking to see if they would be interested, it can be rather disconcerting.

Of course, these tips all come after the standard ones. Make sure you clean every surface, remove all clutter except for tasteful, neutral, impersonal pieces, and fluff all the pillows. Put your best foot forward and there’s a good chance that the interested parties will put their best price forward!

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Valerie L. Cortez

Valerie Cortez is the owner and managing broker of JPAR Rocket City. JPAR Rocket City espouses the Values of Productivity and Service in our offerings and our culture. As a brokerage, we provide what....

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