How to Obtain the Best Price by
Staging Your Home to Sell
Nine Ways to Improve a Home's Curb Appeal
HGTV’s real estate site, FrontDoor.com, offers some ways to make a home more appealing.
• Restore the roof. Improve its appearance and keep it from leaking.
Source: FrontDoor.com (06/09/2010)
• Clean up the driveway and walkways. They set the tone for the rest of the home.
• Maintain the gutters. Clean out leaves and debris. Eliminate signs of water damage.
• Pay attention to details. Install attractive street numbers, door hardware and a new mailbox.
• Make the front door welcoming. Paint an old but solid one; replace one that is past its prime.
• Light it up. Decorate with attractive outdoor lighting.
• Paint offers big payoff for a low price. Just doing the shutters, trim and railings can help.
• Spruce up the lawn. Mow, pull weeds and fertilize.
• Add a WOW factor. Some beautiful plants will impress buyers.
Maximizing First Impressions
The front of the house is a Prospective buyers first impression, they will
react well to signs your home has been meticulously maintained.
Before and after with trees & shrubs trimmed for better curb appeal
Before and After
Manicure landscaping: mow, edge and water lawn, trim hedges, weed and fertilize flowerbeds, and prune trees
Wash down the exterior of the house
Place potted flowers on the front porch
Keep driveway clean and free of parked cars, and keep the garage door closed.
Repair or replace loose or damaged roof shingles
Minimize cracks or crumbling on walkways, walls, or steps, and keep them clean and free of obstructions like toys or leaves.
Items from RV's to waste cans left out can contribute to a cluttered or busy appearance. Make sure that from the street, your property appears clear.
Inspect appearance of interior window coverings from the curb.
Repair any peeling paint or loose caulking on windows or other areas.
Take steps to eliminate insect or rodent pests.
Pick up after your pets or neighborhood animals.
Put All Outdoor Toys Away
While agents work the lockbox for a key, buyers have idle time to notice details.
Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door and frame.
Replace worn door knobs, locks and brass plates and dated light fixtures
Consider adding pots of flowering plants in the entryway if weather permits.
Eliminate cobwebs and groom doorway area windows, porch light, or decorative glass
Buy a New Door Mat
Make sure that all light bulbs work
Kitchen before and after
Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter.
Clear stuff off tables.
Clean, Clear, Light and Bright
Hiring a cleaning service
may pay for itself by adding to a
perceived value of your home.
Kids Bedroom before and after
Feng Shui Decorating
Feng shui has quickly evolved from a new age trend to a decorating phenomenon widely practiced by professional decorators and
The practice of feng shui, pronounced .fung shway,. is part of an ancient Chinese philosophy that believes the way you position
your furniture and decorate can impact all aspects of your life, from personal health to economic prosperity.
Many feng shui principles, like keeping rooms clutter free to facilitate the flow of energy . are easy to implement. Others like
choosing a level lot that is square or rectangular . must be considered early on in the design and home building process.
Here are some feng shui concepts to consider when decorating:
Keep demons from entering your home by ensuring the path to your home is not a straight one.
Avoid rock gardens or tall hedges near the front door. These are seen as places for evil demons to hide.
Place your sink and fridge away from the stove, but not across from one another to keep clashing elements from causing fighting
within the family. Placing something green between the two appliances, like a carpet, can also help reduce conflict.
Position beds in a way that allows you to see people as they enter the room. Do not put a bed against a wall with doors or
Avoid long corridors and cramped floor plans. Choose a floor plan with clean lines and open spaces.
Design your home office so your back does not face the door. Avoid placing your desk directly inline with the door where energy
enters. Avoid excessive overhead light. Chose warm or full-spectrum lighting instead.
Keep sharp-cornered objects to a minimum.
Place healthy plants throughout the home. Plants with round leaves are preferable.
Arrange couches and chairs in a way that allows people to see the door.
Throw out anything you don't use to keep energy flowing properly.
Decorate the kitchen in a way that evokes a bright and
sunny feeling. Feng shui recognizes the kitchen as one of the most important rooms in the home: the place where energies are
Remove shelving over the bedroom door and on the wall beside the bed. Shelves placed this way can have an oppressive
effect that can cause headaches, poor sleep and low energy. Be wary of knick-knack overload. An overabundance of stuff can
create a visually overwhelming feeling.
Store exercise equipment anywhere but your bedroom. Bringing the energy of hard work into your romantic space will make relationships seem more difficult.
Feng shui is a fascinating way to improve your life, your prosperity, and your health through good home design. Incorporate
techniques on your own, or hire an expert- ready to get the energy flowing smoothly in no time
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One of the smartest things you can do with your home's equity is to put it right back into your home. It's a clear win-win: You
enjoy the benefit of an improved living environment and tangibly enhance your home's value at the same time.
But not every project will increase the resale value of your home. It's best to stick with the ones that will give you the biggest
Here's how Remodeling Magazine rates top jobs in terms of one-year return on investment (ROI):
|Project Remodeling Pay Backs
|Minor kitchen remodel
|Family room addition
|Major kitchen remodel