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3 Tips to Staging the Outside of Your Home Like a Pro

Are you considering putting your house up for sale, but not sure where to start? Afraid it will take too long to sell, or that you won't get the price you want? Think about "staging" your home, or in other words, setting the scene for immediate buyer interest in your property.

To be really effective, you need to look at both the outside and inside of your home.

Here are 3 tips to get you started with the outside of your home.

1) Go stand on the street to see what clients see when driving up to the house. Be aware that any negative impressions they get outside the house (landscaping not maintained or non-existent, peeling paint, etc.) is just going to make them think that the house itself has not been well taken care of. Even if you have spent the time and money to fix up the interior, it would all be be wasted if the clients get a bad first impression as they drive up to the house.

2) Next, step outside your front door and look around the immediate area. While the Realtor is opening the door with clients in tow, they are looking around just as you are doing. If you see dead plants, old Halloween decorations in the middle of January, cobwebs, etc. it is time to clean this area up. Want to go a step further? Try a new coat of paint of some new furniture or accessories.

3) Don't forget the backyard. While that might not be part of the potential buyers' first impression, you still should make sure that it's in the best condition possible. Pull up weeds, water plants, do some sweeping (if that's applicable in your case) and maybe even purchase new furniture or accessories (plant pots, bird houses, etc.)

And the biggest tip of all? Imagine yourself as a potential buyer looking at your property for the very first time. What impressions are you getting? Would YOU buy your house? What would you like to see changed before you put an offer on your house?

Don't worry about spending several thousand dollars to get your house ready to sell--you'll probably get most or all of it back when your house sells. Proper staging helps you sell your house in a shorter time and at the price you want.

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