When you are ready to sell your home, “staging, staging, staging” (just like “location, location, location”) will play a vital role in getting your house sold faster and for a higher price.

First impressions are everything, and most buyers decide in the first 60 seconds whether they love, like, or hate a house … which translates into “I want to buy this home (or not).”

While you can’t move your house to a lagoon and wooded location, you can have your home show-ready to wow and welcome buyers.

Here are some simple steps that you can take to make your prospective buyer’s first impressions as good as they can be:

  1. Keep all of your bathroom personal items in a holder in one of your cabinets, so your bathroom is always clutter free.
  2. Use your fluffiest towels for show and don’t use them, so that they stay neat and clean.
  3. Make all the beds, fluff the pillows, and put on your bedspreads every morning.
  4. Pack away as much of your out of season clothing as possible.
  5. Put all clothing that you wear in the right places, right away after you’re finished using them.
  6. Invest in felt hangers to make all your closets more attractive and keep the closet floor clear of everything.
  7. Before showings, open the blinds, turn on the lights, and put the ceiling fans on low. Light and bright homes are more inviting.
  8. Scents help make a great impression. The smell of a clean house is the best. Light, natural scents are also inviting (no strong scents!).
  9. Vacuum the carpet and sweep the wood floors every day.
  10. Dirty dishes should be in the dishwasher and dirty clothes neatly in the hamper (wash more often while your home is on the market).

Additionally, when you have a showing, don’t be there. It makes buyers uncomfortable to have owners present. They want to look at your house on their own and share their comments with each other without you being there.

Many years ago, we sold our house in Minnesota. We had it looking so good that sometimes we wondered why we were selling it – until we remembered we were moving to the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Larry Stoller is the broker-owner and Realtor with Real Estate Five of the Lowcountry. Larry@RealEstateFive.com or www.RealEstateFive.com