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Preparing & Staging Your Home to Sell

Make a Good First Impression

As you prepare your home to be listed for sale, survey it from the buyer's point of view. A little extra effort can make a big difference in how well your home shows and how quickly it sells. We offer for your consideration the following suggestions which can increase the appeal and sales price of your home:

Preparing & Staging Main Line Philadelphia Home for Sale

  • Trim the lawn, shrubs, and weed the flower beds. Add color with simple landscaping, flowers in season, potted plants and window boxes.
  • Keep the walkways and entrance steps free of leaves, ice, and other hazards.
  • Offer a warm welcome with a new doormat and a freshly painted front door. Make sure doors are easy to unlock and open.
  • Clean the garage and keep trash and recycle receptacles out of sight.
  • Clean the entire house thoroughly and have carpets professionally shampooed if stained or soiled. Clean out closets, storage areas, and the basement.
  • Wash windows and keep drapes open to brighten rooms. Replace torn screens and broken window panes.
  • Kitchens should sparkle. The countertops and floor should be clean and the sink kept free of dirty dishes.
  • Pay special attention to bathrooms. Always keep them clean and display fresh towels in an attractive fashion. Repair loose caulking and grout, and fix leaking faucets.
  • Make the beds every day. Bedspreads should be attractive and clean. Pick up clothes, toys, and other clutter from the floor.
  • Be aware of household odors caused by smoking, pets, and certain cooked foods—air out the house often.

Helpful Hints on Showing Your Home

Preparing & Staging Main Line Philadelphia Home for Sale

  • Make your home available for showings by appointment and with reasonable notice.
  • Try to stay in the background during the showing and do not initiate conversation with the potential buyer.
  • Keep pets out of the way. They can be distracting and some buyers may be afraid or allergic to them.
  • Personal touches such as plants, fresh cut flowers, and pleasant fragrances help to create a subtle, positive effect.