Is Your House Staged to Sell or Dying on the Market?

DSC_0575Although the Michigan real estate market tends to slow down in the fall, it is still a great time to sell. With proper home staging, sellers still have an opportunity attract a buyer and close the deal before the holidays arrive and the snow begins to fall.

Here are some staging tips sellers can use to attract buyers in the fall market.

 Curb Appeal: The entryway is crucial for making a first impression to potential buyers. If a buyer walks up to your entry and sees overflowing gutters and dirty windows, they will be thinking, “What else haven’t they taken care of in this house?” Break out the blower and ladder and be sure that your walkways are free of debris, the lawn looks manicured and the windows and gutters sparkle. A freshly painted door, new hardware and a clean and inviting doormat are also keys to welcoming that buyer to your home. Empty your summer planters and add some colorful fall flowers and a few pumpkins to create some color to the front entrance. If your backyard is a key selling point, add some foliage to the back patio too.

Clean It Up: The fireplace that hasn’t been used in months should be vacuumed and the furnace filters should be clean. Organize closets, built-ins, toys and pantries to create a spacious and de-cluttered feeling. Lastly, be sure to hide family photos and any mail, diplomas and items that have your name on them. Buyers buy on emotion and they need to visualize their family living in your home.

Create Cozy: Add seasonal colors like orange, red or golden yellow pillows or a soft blanket to brighten up a boring sofa. Emphasize the fireplace by making it a focal point but don’t overdo the décor by placing a lot of small accessories on the mantle. Add some larger pieces and artwork to create warmth. Be sure your home has a fresh coat of paint inside and out. It’s best to avoid opinionated colors so that buyers feel as though they can drop their bags and move their furniture in right away.

Update Your Listing Photos: After properly staging your home, update your MLS photos with new fall listing shots. Photos of your home from a previous season will make your home look stale on the market. Because buyers will shop online for a house before calling their agent, it is important that your home’s photos are flawless.

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For more information on home staging tips, please visit or call Corie Conroy, professional home stager and president of First Impression Home Staging & Interior Design, LLC at (248) 761-3380.

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