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First Impressions ... "Don't CURB Enthusiasm!"


Did you know that most folks will decide by looking at a photo on the Internet whether or not they want to see the inside of your house?

Which is why you ought to boost your curb appeal.  Upgrading your landscaping and fixing the exterior of your home can really boost the value of your property.  It's said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But as the owner of a house, you have a lot to do with what prospective buyers see.

  • How easy is the house to find?
  • What are the feelings when you approach the house?
  • Are front walkways welcoming?
  • Does the back patio invite you to spend Sunday mornings reading the paper?
  • Do the plants add color each week?

When it comes to curb appeal, most homeowners don't have a clue. And that's too bad because your landscaping is the first thing people see.  And it's one of the last things that homeowners really think about. People think about kitchens and bathrooms and closets, but really it's the exterior that drawn in buyers.

Pay close attention to the way the front of your house looks.

  • If you don't paint other parts of the house, at least paint the front door and trim. You want to try to make that area as inviting and draw people in as much as possible.
  • Keep the detail and finishes consistent helping create a seamless look and feel. The house numbers, the light fixtures, the door handles should be one tone of material and carried on through out.

It's wonderful to fix up the exterior of your home because you're going to enjoy it, but the real payoff comes when it's time to sell your home.  A well-improved house can actually sell for about 10 percent more. But more importantly, having a great first impression means more people will take a second look at your property.

Many home sales are actually decided on the curb.


First impressions make a significant impact on a buyer's decision-making process!

Once your home goes on the market, it becomes a product. Home Styling or Staging simply allows you to highlight the best of your home and de-emphasize its flaws. It's not about decorating, but actually turning your home into a model, to appeal to the broadest range of prospective buyers. The goal is to make people feel like they could live there, and the best way to do this is to "neutralize" the surroundings.

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Try out these helpful styling tips taken from Setting the Stage - REALTOR® Magazine Online. They've compiled the best tips from stagers and real estate pros—things you can do for little or no expense—to put a home in prime showing shape.

  • Clear out closets and clutter—sellers can give away or pack up toys, linens, and small kitchen appliances to store offsite. Buyers are also forgiving of storage boxes neatly tucked away in a garage or basement.
  • Focus most on the most visible areas—the foyer, kitchen, living room, master bedroom, and family room.
  • De-personalize the home by removing photos, mementos, and dated items.
  • Use plants in colorful pots or inexpensive wicker baskets to fill in empty spaces.
  • Look to home catalogs for little details on beautifying the home. For instance, group books, pictures, and objets d’art appealingly on bookcases.
  • Try angling one or two pieces of furniture slightly and move furniture 4 inches to 6 inches from the wall to create more interesting room spaces.
  • Put away large collections— porcelains, plates, and so on.
  • Remove valuables, prescription medicine, collectibles, and breakables.
  • Trim trees, prune shrubs, and make sure the lawn is mowed and watered regularly.
  • In summer, turn on the sprinklers for five minutes, 30 minutes before the open house. It makes the lawn and driveway sparkle.
  • Refrain from cooking anything that leaves a distinctive odor, such as fish, garlic, or cabbage.
  • Hire a professional service to clean the home, including the carpets and the windows.
  • Set the dining room table with attractive linens, dishes, and stemware.
  • Arrange fresh or silk flowers throughout the home.
  • Light a fire in the fireplace in fall and winter.
  • A mirror in a pretty frame can make a small room feel more open.
  • Use as much natural light as possible. Add extra lamps in dark rooms or corners.
  • Make functional repairs—fix dripping faucets, sticking doors, and broken fences.
  • Bring in another pair of eyes—even if it’s not a professional stylist. The person may see problems you and have missed.

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Staging Your Home For Sale - It's Worth The Investment.
 

The average selling price of a staged home has been at least 4% above the the unstaged home. This difference more than pays the staging cost.

Here are some more tips for selling your home from Marelen Wharmby, a successful home stager: 
 

  • Freshen up the home by painting walls a light, neutral color, such as antique white. Lighter colors appeal to a wider range of buyers and make each room look larger.
  • Take a close look at the floor coverings in each room. If you have hardwood floors under an old carpet, you will always make money by removing the carpet, even if the floor is not in perfect condition.
  • Allow as much light as possible to enter the room. Open up or remove all draperies, blinds, shades or other window coverings.
  • Removing the clutter of everyday life - all utilitarian items, stacks of paperworks, toiletries, kitchen utensils, electronic equipment and television sets.
  • Remove furniture from each room that does not go with the decor, such as items that stand out too much and items that are worn or of an unappealing color.
  • Place the remaining room furnishings in a way that makes best use of the character of the space. A room should be balanced so that people do not focus on one particular piece of furniture.
  • Now that you've removed the clutter from your home, adding some nice but inexpensive accessories will greatly elevate the perceived value of the home.
  • Clean, clean, clean. Every crevasse within the home should be spotless and gleaming. Even your normal weekly cleaning can not come close to the quality of clean you need.
  • You can't over spend on fresh plants and orchids, elaborate floral arrangements and landscape plants. All these provide a strong addition to the ambience you want to create.
  • Go on vacation!  Or at least make it look like you are.  The houses that sell for much higher prices are homes that do not have the slightly disheveled look which comes with showering in the morning and cooking dinner in the evening. Being gone also will lower your level of stress and make the house easier to sell. Think of it this way: Your vacation will actually make you money.



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Steve Swanson
425.736.6849(Cell)

PO Box 2426
Redmond, Washington, 98073


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