Don’t spend so much time making sure your house looks perfect on the inside, that you forget to take a fresh look at it from the outside.
Not only will your potential buyers be judging your home from the curb, they will be judging it from the driveway while they wait for the agent, they will be judging it from the doorstep while their agent fumbles with the lockbox. They are going to spend a lot of time staring at the front entry. Meanwhile, you have no idea what your entry looks like because you come and go through the garage and the back door. Tell the truth, you haven’t looked at the front of your house since last Christmas.
Here’s a quick pic stolen from an article from Modern Design about staging. It illustrates beautifully that a perfectly nice entryway can become irresistibly adorable with a little attention. And what I like about the picture is more than that, what else does this picture illustrate perfectly? It shows you what staging is.
Take a look. Which one do you want to buy? It’s a no brainer, right? But which one do you want to LIVE in?
Do you really care that much what the lights look like out front, and if you do, would red be your first choice? The plants on the porch of the staged home are much bigger, and that’s going to be lousy with kids and groceries, isn’t it? And who doesn’t want a storm door?
And yet…. which one appeals to us most?
So, when I or my stager visit your home, please don’t be appauled when we suggest things that are counter intuitive – like removing the IMPROVEMENT of your screen door. I know we sound crazy, but we’re not.
I don’t believe in ONE SIZE FITS ALL advice… I really don’t. So, before you call me out to look at your place, please do not incorporate everything in that article. Just read it. Consider it. And don’t be surprised when I, or my stager, make some of the same suggestions. And don’t freak out when we make others either, or even the opposite. Every house is different.
Let me help you save time and money. Let me help you by calling me EARLY.