Get Your House Ready for its Close-Up

Make a good impression on potential buyers with these tips for staging your house and preparing for a sell.

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By: Tammy Stoner

  1. Home Staging

First impressions can often decide whether someone wants to see more of your act, or gong you before the show even starts. To ensure a Chuck Barris "Wow!" instead of a gong of rejection, run through this checklist before your open house:

  • Plant new flowers, especially up the walkway to your home.
  • Clear off your front porch.
  • Burn potpourri (or bake cookies in the morning, then leave them out for your visitors).
  • Clean! Clean! Clean! (Yes, even the baseboards.).
  • Place fresh flowers on the dining room table.
  • Remove all clutter from the house.
  • Leave every light on and every door open.
  • Hide the picture of Uncle Dave in his Speedo.
  • If you have a Realtor, leave the house while buyers are looking at it.
  • If you are representing yourself, sell the house and the neighborhood, not your astounding card tricks (even the one you filmed for YouTube).

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