Wednesday, July 25, 2007
First impressions count. Roll out the red carpet for
potential homebuyers by sprucing up your entryways,
especially the one on a lockbox. Welcome mats,
planters filled with seasonal flowers, and clutter-free
foyers and hallways set the stage.
Sell the space, not your stuff. Remember that the
goal of a successful showing is to make a prospect
feel at home – like it’s theirs, not yours. Put away your
extensive personal collections. Less is more: open
up your space so prospects can actually see what
they’re buying.
Paint and elbow grease work wonders. Fresh paint
and a thorough cleaning will give you the greatest
“bang for your buck.” Remember that neutral walls
are your best bet when staging a home for sale.
Lowe’s has all the right shades to make your home
more inviting. Check out lowes.com for fun tools like
the Paint Visualizer http://www.valsparatlowes.com/
coordinate-colors.html.
Go with the flow. Arrange furniture for easy traffic
flow. Consider placing a major piece of furniture at an
angle, such as a couch or desk. Angles add interest
and can create a more open feel.
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See the light. Move lamps to dark corners and
arrange window treatments so that natural light
floods your rooms. Brighter is better, and your rooms
will look larger. Visit Lowe’s extensive lighting section
for the latest in fashionable, functional lighting.
Go green. Live plants can add decorative flair,
without spending a bundle. Plants and cut flowers
have a way of warming up a room.
Don’t forget the outdoors, especially this time of
year. If you have a porch, deck or patio, clean the
furniture and replace worn cushions. Breath new life
into your deck with a fresh finish; Lowe’s has a variety
of deck staining and sealing products that are easy
to apply.
Make the kitchen sparkle. De-clutter the countertops
by removing toasters, food processors and other
non-decorative items. If you have a breakfast table or
counter, put out a couple of table settings complete
with place mats, napkins and dinnerware.
Warm up an empty home. If your home is vacant,
consider renting furniture for key rooms, but don’t
go overboard. Ask your real estate professional for
advice, based on your home’s unique features and
selling points.

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