Episode 4: Preparing your Home for Sale, Revitalizing

This episodes of the ABQ Home Staging Podcast we talk about revitalizing your home. I'll give you tips of how to economically add some sparkle to hour home. Have a listen:

The last step in preparing your home for sale is to revitalize it.  You’ve got one shot at making a great first impression. The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers see, it speaks volumes about what is inside. Make sure the landscaping is well manicured. Your front door should be clean or  freshly painted.  Add a new welcome mat and a trio of seasonal potted plants on the landing, it will dramatically improve your home’s entry and make visitors feel welcome.

The most important tip I can give you is to have the house professionally cleaned.. It makes the home look and smell great. Carpets should be steamed cleaned, it’s inexpensive  and it makes a huge difference.  Likewise, take a look at your tile. Does the grout look dirty and dingy? If so have it steam cleaned too. Clean your windows inside and out. I recommend that the screens be washed but don’t reinstall them.  stored in the garage, windows without screens look brighter.

By changing the light fixtures in your home, not only do you update the look but you add to the value of the home.  Light fixtures can be expensive so be careful with your budget, if you shop smartly you can get a great look without spending a lot of money.

Update your kitchen and bathroom with new hardware like cabinets handles and pulls. You might also want to consider replacing basic faucets with something a bit more stylishg. These are great ways to update your space without spending a huge amount of money.

Consider adding a fresh coat of neutral paint. Many people have a hard time selecting color so this may be a great time to hire a color consultant to help select a few accent colors that are neutral but can give that little extra umpf.

Arrange your furniture in a way to create a sensible floor plan that encourages the most natural traffic flow. Make it easy to move from room to room and create a flow that is optimal for "looking" and not "living."  

 When it comes to accessorizing, use items odd numbers; Five chachkies, Three candle sticks, one flower arrangement. Use larger scale items because they create greater interest. Throw pillows are great accessories for staging.  They provide pops of color, texture and luxury on a small budget. Add some houseplants and cut flowers to your décor,  they add color and give the room a homey feel which buyers like. 

Episode 3: Preparing your Home for Sale, Repairing

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Most Buyers are looking for trouble-free, ready to move into houses and first impressions are key!   Leaky faucets, cracked tiles, broken appliances or anything else that doesn’t work like it should, may turn off buyers. A pre-inspection gives you the opportunity to find out if there are any hidden problems with your home. However, any faults that are discover and not repair, must disclosed to your agent and potential buyers.    Once you know  if anything is wrong, you can have those issues fixed before you list. Some homebuyers  are looking to buy a fixer-upper, however these buyers often will discount the price of the house to allow for the repairs and, a bit more for the inconvenience. Make a list of everything that is defective, broken or worn out.  Decide which items you can fix yourself and which you will need a contractor to fix for you.  So repairing your home is the third step in preparing your home for sale. Not only will this help in selling the home for a higher price and in a lesser amount of time, but it will make the whole transaction go much smoother. 

Episode 2: Preparing Your Home for Sale. Decluttering.

This is part two of a four part series on preparing your home for sale.  Decluttering your home for sale is very important. Edgar Marroquin, Albuquerque Home Stager gives good advice to Albuquerque homeowners on how to prepare their home for sale. Press the play icon below to have a listen.  

Albuquerque Home Staging Podcast SHOW NOTES:  1. Decluttering is Daunting, take your time work on just one room at a time. 2. Keep only the basic things you'll need while your house is on the market. 3. Make sure to rent a storage space for your stuff.  4. Keep, Sell, Donate and Trash.5. Make sure to clear out your closets and garage.

ABQ Home Staging Podcast, Depersonalizing Your Home

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Depersonalizing your home for sale is very important. Albuquerque Interior Designer, Edgar Marroquin gives good advice on preparing your home for sale. Press the play icon above to have a listen.

SHOW NOTES:  1. Prepare yourself emotionally. 2. Take down all photographs and portraits. 3. Put away religious or political items. 4. Clear out all personal items in bathrooms. 5. Remove your personal tastes so potential buyers and envision their own taste and style.