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We hear similar stories repeated in different ways from our clients; At first, they look forward to stolen weekend's to golf & relax in the desert - they gradually discover they're crafting ways to spend more time here until it becomes clear, life just doesn't get any better than this."

Once that realization hit's, the process of change begins... We know what an extraordinary commodity your home is - buying or selling a home can be one of the most important decisions you will make and having the right team on your side will make the difference.

We specialize in homes throughout the Palm Springs Valley including Palm Desert Real Estate & Homes, Indian Wells Real Estate & Homes, La Quinta Real Estate & Homes, Rancho Mirage Real Estate & Homes, Palm Springs Real Estate & Homes& Indio Hills Real Estate & Homes. Whether you want to buy or sell an estate, lock & leave property with income potential, a resort property, land to build your dream home, or a property located in a country club or golf community we know the desert and are here to help. Our motto, If its important to you, it's important to us, guides us as we help our clients buy or sell a home in the desert.

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Top Do’s and Don’ts of Staging Your Home to Sell

Staging Your Home to Sell

 

When Staging Your Home to Sell

You only get one chance to make a good first impression…make it count.

 

 

THE DO’S:
Make Them Fall in Love from the Street – Wash the walkways & porch, keep the lawn manicured & green, add seasonal flowers to walkway leading to the door, add a fresh coat of paint to the  Front Door, Black is classic & dramatic, brick red is also popular, make the entrance reach out & grab them at the curb.

Remove all big clunky furniture – Less is more when selling your home and oversized couches, chairs or coffee tables make the room look cluttered and tight.

Depersonalize – Clutter deters a home buyer probably more than anything.  Buyers need to see your home, not your stuff.  Excessive personal items like photos, collections make it difficult for the buyer to see past your style.

Invest in Artwork – Displaying new artwork is a great way to breathe new life into a room. Photography is a great way to make a room look more contemporary and add a splash of color.

Make it Sparkle – Clean, Clean, Clean – This is an essential tip. Dust Vacuum, Clean the Windows, Mop the Floors & Baseboards. Even clean the Kids, the Cat, and the Dog!  Make sure there are no weird odors floating around. Clean the Doors & Doorknobs. Clean & organize inside the closets & cupboards and the garage too.

Make Repairs – Turn your home into a “High Maintenance Zone”, Repair squeaky doors, chipped or smudged paint, replace broken fixtures, leaky faucets.  Deal with any repair issues you’ve put off; it’s better now than later after you’re under contract & a home inspector adds it to a long list of items to be repaired.

THE DON’TS:
Don’t Take it Personally – The minute you decide to sell you home, think of it as a product, one that you want to sell fast & for top dollar.  Don’t take buyers’ remarks personally. Instead, think of it as free advice on how to make your product live up to its highest potential. Emotionally Detach yourself.

Don’t Think The House Will Sell Itself –
The real market is a game. You need to make your home the most appealing product on the block.  Declutter, clean & do small repairs, repaint and in general make it fresh & welcoming.

Don’t Go Out & Buy All New Furniture –
If your home isn’t selling, chances are it’s not the furniture, but instead too much furniture.  Remove or edit the furniture you have before you completely redo.

Don’t Do Major Renovations – Limit the amount of time & investment you make on renovations to the essentials, replace old flooring, tackle small repairs like paint or changing outdated fixtures.  Save your renovation energy and dollars for your new home.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help – Call in a Stager. whether they spend a few hours giving you some helpful tips or they come into completely redecorate your entire space.  It’s money well spent and will eventually end up back in your pocket when you sell for top dollar.

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  • Cathi & Ben Walter
  • REALTOR ®
  • 44530 San Pablo, Suite 101
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • P: (760) 218 – 5752
  • E: Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
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