Stage Your Home For Sale 2

Staging your home for sale is one of the most important first steps in the home-selling process.

“You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression,” says Jamie Powers, a top Medina County realtor.

If you’re selling your home this spring, Jamie suggests you “forget it’s your home, and look at it as if you were the home buyer. Your realtor can help you stage your home and optimize its selling potential.”

It all starts with curb appeal, the first thing a potential home buyer will notice. “Weed, set out potted flowers, hang a wreath on the door, and paint where it’s needed.”

A potential buyer needs to feel comfortable in your home — and be assured the home is clean and well-maintained. “Getting rid of wallpaper and borders and adding fresh paint is the cheapest facelift you can give your home. For our clients who aren’t able to remove wallpaper, we use a primer that covers the wallpaper and prepares the walls for painting. But the wallpaper must be in good condition.”

Jamie suggests you repaint rooms in neutral colors. “You don’t market your home the way you might live in it. You may like having your couch set at an angle, but it’s going to minimize the space. Rearrange it so the room looks more open. You want each room to feel spacious.”

Cleaning and de-cluttering is paramount. “Clean the windows inside and out. Clean the floors and appliances,” says Jamie, “Potential buyers look at grout – make sure it’s well-scrubbed and clean.”

Sell, recycle or donate items, or rent a storage unit to stow away clutter.

According to Jamie, it takes 30 to 60 days to prepare your home for sale depending on its condition, so think ahead. “The minute your home goes on the market, potential home buyers will want to see it. The first three to six weeks are when the serious buyers will come see it.”

Before a showing or open house, Jamie suggests all lights are on, soft music is playing and the drapes are open to let in natural light. “It needs to smell good,” Jamie says, “Bake cookies or use battery-powered fragrance melts.”

And what about those footprints buyers might leave on your clean carpeting? “If you want people to take off their shoes before walking through your home, offer a place for them to sit down,” says Jamie. “Place a basket beside the door filled with disposable booties.”

For those planning to sell their home in the future, Jamie suggests renovating now. “If your kitchen or bathrooms are outdated, upgrade them now so that you can enjoy using them for a few years before you sell.”

The top selling season begins in March and goes through July. “Now is the time to stage your home for sale,” says Jamie.

Jamie Powers is among the top producing real estate agents in Medina county. With a history of over 25 years in real estate, she has partnered with Howard Hanna, the #1 real estate agency in Ohio. Jamie is a full-service real estate expert who stays ahead of the competition by offering the very latest in real estate marketing trends. 330.805.5197  Howard Hanna, 3565 Medina Road, Medina.