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ImageYou’re selling your The Woodlands, TX home and want to get the most money possible for it.  That is why staging is very important.  Little efforts up front can make a big difference when potential buyers begin negotiating.  When people visit open houses they make a judgment about whether or not they could live in the house very quickly.  First impressions are very important!  You want to make your house look like a clean, blank slate.  That way, potential buyers will find it very easy to imaging doing what they would like to do with the home.  Here are tips on staging your home in The Woodlands, TX to sell:

Repaint the walls a light, neutral color

Home buyers want large rooms with lots of natural light.  Even if your rooms are not large or do not have a lot of natural light, painting them a light color will make them look more open.  Adding bright, white light bulbs to fixtures will also help make the room look larger.  New paint also gives a very clean look–something that is very important to buyers!

Remove all clutter

Have a garage sale, donate items to charity, and put things in storage.  The fewer things in your house, the better.  Each room should only have the bare essentials.  For example, the living room might have a couch, rug, coffee table, chair, and television.  You don’t know what will turn off a potential buyer–maybe they’re subconsciously influenced by something as little as a book or DVD they dislike that is sitting on your shelf.  The fewer things they have to look at, the less they have to judge and the easier it is for them to image their belongings in your space.  Less clutter also makes rooms look much larger.

Clean everything

Clean like you’ve never cleaned before; or even better, hire a maid.  You want the place to look as neat and clean as a hotel room.  Because home buyers do not know your history and might be on the look out for anything suspicious, they could take signs of dirtiness as evidence that the house hasn’t been taken care of properly and might have hidden problems.

Fix up the front yard

The front of the house is the first thing people see.  You want it looking good!  There are some potential buyers who will drive by to scope out a place before deciding to view it.  If the front looks bad, they might never bother to come inside.  Keep the grass mowed and remove everything from the yard, including bicycles and garbage cans.  Plant flowers or put a pot of flowers by the front door to make it look more inviting.

Make it smell good

Realtors bake cookies before an open house for a reason!  Smells have been shown to put people in a good mood and encourage them to feel more comfortable buying.  Retail stores everywhere use scents for this purpose.  A nice smell also adds to the feeling that the house is clean and has been well taken care of over the years.

Put some flowers out

It’s a small touch, but once again, real estate agents do it for a reason.  Flowers can instantly brighten up a room.  Not only that, but flowers command attention.  A potential buyer immediately drawn to a large bouquet on the dining room table might be less likely to notice that stain you couldn’t quite remove on the floor.

Hopefully you’ve found some staging tips that will help you as you ready your The Woodlands, TX home for open houses.  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions about local real estate or the community in general. Have a great week!

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Staging your home in The Woodlands, TX to sell

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