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2019-09-26 11:18:21
Tips for Staging Your Champaign - Urbana Home to Sell Fast

If you plan on selling your home in Champaign - Urbana, making sure that your home is staged effectively is crucial. The better your home looks, the more money you'll get from the sale. It's just that simple.

But staging a home to sell fast takes a bit of effort, beyond the quick vacuuming. Here's a few tips to get your home ready for a quick sell in Champaign - Urbana.

Throughout the House

  • Declutter: Consider it pre-packing for your move. Box up books, clothes, and personal items and place them (neatly) in the garage or. better yet, a rented storage unit.
  • Don't forget to include memorabilia in those decluttering bins. Family photos, diplomas, and the kids' artwork should all go.
  • Keep closets, basements, and attics as empty as possible to maximize the appearance of storage space.
  • Transform underused areas of the house, like the alcove under the stairs or the end of a hallway, into functional spots. Add a desk to create a mini office, or a chair and small bookshelf for a reading nook.
  • Swap dim lights for high-wattage bulbs.
  • Check every door, drawer, and cabinet to ensure they open and close easily. Swap out any faulty or dingy hardware.
  • Damaged or aging hardwood floors? Replace damaged boards with new wood, sand down the entire floor, and re-stain.
  • Do a deep clean. Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your home from top to bottom, including carpets, before viewings.

Exterior

  • Hang attractive house numbers that are legible from the road.
  • Brighten up your porch with fresh paint or stain.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door, preferably red, black, blue, or wood stain, so long as it complements the trim and doesn't blend, says The Real Estate Staging Association. Steer clear of unconventional colors like purple.
  • Buy a new doormat to welcome home buyers.
  • Power-wash the house exterior, walkway, steps, driveway, and porch until everything sparkles.
  • Make sure the locks and doorbell function.
  • Make that mailbox look clean and welcoming, or get a new one.
  • Plant lots of colorful blooms in attractive pots and planter beds.
  • Trim back trees and shrubs from the approach to the front door.
  • Whip that yard into shape with fresh sod or new seed
  • Store yard equipment and children's toys out of sight.
  • Repair shaky banisters.
  • Get a hammock (or bocce ball game or raised fire pit) to show off how fun your yard can be.
  • Dress up any imperfect planting area with mulch.
  • Make sure entryway lights function and are free of cobwebs and insects.
  • Hide trash cans, recycle bins, and garden hoses.
  • Don't forget your outdoor living space. Stage your patio like a second living room, with fashionable furniture, accent pillows, an outdoor rug, and other patio-friendly decor.

Day of Showing

  • Add a seasonal touch. Fall is a good time to simmer cinnamon sticks.
  • Tidy like you've never tidied before.
  • Avoid cooking any food for your own meals, but do bake some cookies or other baked goods to leave a welcoming aroma behind.
  • Take off. After all that staging work, you deserve a trip to the spa while potential home buyers are busy falling in love with your house.
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