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Staging Tips for Your Chattanooga Real Estate Sale

So, you've found the right price for your home, marketed it to potential buyers, and finally have a few showings set up. Don't miss out your chance to get an offer—stage your home for success!

Small upgrades, fixes, and cleaning projects can mean the difference between buyers falling in love or walking away. By staging your home to appeal to potential buyers, you'll likely be able to have a quicker sale at an even better price. Not sure where to start? Check out a few of the best tips below for staging your home.

The Exterior

Create Curb Appeal

The outside of your home is the first thing buyers will see, so make sure it's ready to impress. Add some fresh color to your garden, clean up the front porch, and tidy up the property.

Power washing, painting, mowing and pruning, planting flowers, washing windows, and replacing your mailbox and house numbers are other simple and affordable ways to make your home look great!

Make the Front Porch Welcoming

The front porch will set the tone for the rest of your house, so make sure buyers feel at home when they walk up your steps. If you have any furniture, be sure to clean off any dust or grime. You should also consider buying a fresh welcome mat, putting out some potted flowers, and replacing your doorknob. They might be small touches, but they'll make a difference to the buyer. 

Spruce Up Outdoor Areas

Here in Chattanooga, we get plenty of sunshine and mild weather year-round, which means buyers will be looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors right at home. Help your buyers envision their own outdoor lifestyle by sprucing up your yard with outdoor furniture, a hammock, or even a fire pit.

While you're making a few additions, don't forget to double-check that your lawn is mowed, your garden is tended to, and your landscaping is in tip-top shape. 

Cleaning & Repairs

Clear Out the Clutter

If a cluttered house stresses you out, imagine how it'll make potential buyers feel! Take the opportunity to get ahead of your packing schedule, and put away any extra decorations, clunky furniture, or outdated items throughout your home. You can always make a few extra dollars by selling things online or donating them to a good cause. 

Finish Maintenance Projects

The last thing a buyer wants is to inherit old maintenance projects when they move into a new home. If you've been avoiding a leaky faucet, damaged roof, or chipped walls, then now's the time to take care of them. Plus, you never know which projects might actually get you a better price for your home!

Clean, Clean & CLEAN!

One of the most important steps in a home staging is cleaning. Buyers will be inspecting every crack and corner of your home, so even if you don't notice the dusty shelves or grimy bathroom crevices, your buyers definitely will. Break out your cleaning supplies and put in some serious elbow grease to make your home shine. 

Interior Decor

Depersonalize Your Decor

You might love your sense of style, but that doesn't mean every buyer is going to. Try to stick with neutral colors, no family photos, and simple decor like house plants and basic wall hangings. You want buyers to be able to envision themselves in the space, so make sure you give them a chance to do so. 

Create Balance with Furniture

Furniture can say a lot about a room. Is your living room way too packed with couches? Do you have a TV within sight of the dining room table? Does your bedroom double as a workspace with a cozy little desk? Think about the message you want to convey to buyers, and try to use your furniture arrangement to convey whatever it may be. 

The Final Details

Increase Your Lighting

Make your home bright and welcoming by letting in the light, especially the sunshine! Natural lighting is not only a great mood booster, but open windows can also make the space in your home look larger. If the forecast doesn't call for sunshine, try switching out the wattage of your bulbs for something a little warmer. 

Bring the Outdoors In

A great way to keep your decor neutral is by utilizing plants, flowers, and greenery to fill in the blank spaces in your home. 

Coming up on a special holiday or time of year? Take advantage of seasonal decor, like warm fall scents, wintery pine branches, or springtime pastels.

Your Chattanooga Home Selling Resources

If you're ready to sell your Chattanooga home, then it's time to contact Julie Fisher. These handy home-staging tips are just the beginning of what I have to offer home sellers! Give me a call today and let's sell your Chattanooga home.

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