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How to Stage Your Central Catskills Home

Thinking of selling your home in the Central Catskills? If you're ready to really wow buyers, it's crucial to stage your space to perfection. Here are five key factors that can completely transform your listing and help you secure a sale!

1. Make a Great First Impression

By the time a buyer drives up to your home, they've already judged it. It's crucial to make a fantastic first impression both online and in-person—and that all starts with how your home looks on the outside. Here are a few ways to easily amp up your curb appeal:

Exterior Maintenance

Have you been putting off a few pesky repairs? These fixes might not seem like a big deal to you, but many buyers are looking for a home that's move-in ready. Be sure to address any lingering maintenance issues—such as chipping paint or a hanging shutter—before your home hits the market.

Yard & Landscaping

If you have some outdoor space, don't be afraid to show it off! Before you do, though, make sure to mow your lawn, trim back your landscaping, and clear away any snow or debris. And for a final touch, try adding a few low-maintenance bushes or flowers.  

Clean & Clear

Nobody wants to tour a house that looks grimy or poorly maintained. Powerwashing your exterior and driveway, clearing out your gutters, and sweeping away debris on patios or walkways can make everything look nice and neat.

Minor Improvements

Replacing your garage door, updating all of your fixtures, or even redoing your roof or siding might seem expensive, especially if you're planning on selling soon. However, these projects often have high returns on investment—and buyers will definitely notice your hard work.

An Inviting Entry

Want to really welcome buyers into your space? Spruce up your front porch with a new welcome mat, a freshly painted door, or even a few potted plants. You can even add some seasonal decorations, like a pumpkin, wreath, or flowers.

2. Dust, Dirt, and Clutter

Now that you've made a fantastic first impression on the outside, it's time to bring your home's interior up to speed. The last thing you want is for buyers to be disappointed when they step through your front door!

Before you make any improvements, it's crucial to remove clutter and deep clean every inch of your space. It might not be fun, but it's a necessary step that buyers will appreciate.

Remove it!

Make your rooms feel larger by getting rid of clutter and large furniture.

Clean it!

Do a deep clean in every room of your home, or hire a cleaning service.

Replace it!

Update old fixtures and hardware to give your home a fresh appearance.

Fix it!

Tackle all major and minor repairs before your home goes on the market.

3. A Warm Welcome

Even if your home looks stunning both inside and outside, it could be missing that WOW factor. If you really want to make sure buyers remember your home, here are a few ways to add some extra pizzaz.

Do Some Staging

Rearranging your furniture, adding some appropriate decor, or even playing soft music can completely elevate your home.

Depersonalize

Buyers will want to picture themselves in your home, so be sure to use a neutral color palette and take down any personal decor.

Let in the Light

Throw back the drapes, open the blinds, and let the sun in—natural light can make your home feel brighter and so much bigger!

4. Sounds & Smells

Now that your home has that extra bit of charm, take a moment to address any unpleasant odors. Pets, laundry, food, and an unemptied waste basket can make your home smell less than fresh—and it could even cause some buyers to walk out. Try deep cleaning your carpets, setting out potpourri, or using a plug-in air freshener to keep any irksome aromas at bay.

Bonus! Baking fresh cookies or simmering some cider on the stove before a showing can make your home smell divine! Don't have time to cook? Try heating some cinnamon and vanilla on the stove or in the microwave instead.

5. Don't Forget the Backyard!

Buyers won't just be touring the inside of your home—they'll probably check out your backyard, too! Don't forget to spruce it up by mowing the lawn, adding some low-maintenance landscaping, and making any necessary repairs.

Don't have an outdoor space? Consider adding a simple deck or patio to significantly boost your home's value!

Ready to Sell Your Central Catskills Home?

If you're ready to get your home listed and sold for top dollar, then it's time to contact the Catskill Dream Team. We're here to handle all the details for you and ultimately make sure that you walk away with the highest possible sales price for your home.