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November 10, 2008

Light, Bright and Airy Home Staging tips #7

Tips for living in your home while listing:

  1. Clean and spit shine your house before realtor caravan and/or open house.
  2. If you have your house on a lockbox so that Realtors can show it at anytime, which is highly recommended, try to make one lap around every morning before you leave… just in case.
  3. If you have children, try to control their toys and things to closets and a child’s bedroom. Not all buyers have kids, so leaving kids stuff strewn about the house, living room, kitchen and yard can be a detraction from your home.
  4. Look into getting your windows professionally cleaned, its not as expensive as you might think, and it can make a huge difference in the bright and open feeling of your house.
  5. Hire a gardener temporarily, so that your curb appeal is at its best!
  6. Hire a cleaning service to keep your house looking its best, during the listing period.
  7. Open your curtains in the morning before you leave the house.
  8. If you give the Realtors a daytime phone number and ask for a few hours notice, you may be able to run home and spruce up before the showing, but always leave at least a half hour prior to the appointment in case they are early.
  9. If at all possible leave a window slightly open to allow fresh air to ventilate your home while you are away.
  10. Don’t use any strong perfumes or air fresheners, since they may not appeal to all buyers. They best scents are well ventilated or a very subtle natural scent like vanilla or real cinnamon.

Selling your home while living in it is a big challenge, but you are competing for a small number of qualified buyers in a crowded market, so make sure that your home looks its very best for every potential buyer! For more tips check us out direct at our website:

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile

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