Staging your home for sale is the most important factor - after price - That determines whether your home will sell now or next year. It's a tough and competitive buyer’s market in Las Cruces. You and your home have lots of competition, for only a few buyers. Among all the homes for sale, you want your Home to be the one that will sell! THE KEY IS: for you to know that potential buyers connect with a home emotionally. Every potential buyer needs to be able to imagine wanting to live in this house rather any other house in competition with yours. Your home has to be the "prettiest girl at the dance." We know that virtually every buyer uses the internet pictures, tour, and home detail to decide which homes they want to see. Staging is positioning your home to be at the top of every buyer's “must see” list of homes to visit.
We do our part with a dominant internet presence and professional photography. We create the exposure, but you have to create the image of a lifestyle and living space that buyers cannot resist. On behalf of The Bruder Real Estate Team, and based on our 30 years of experience as top selling Real Estate Agents in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County, Here are 10 things you MUST DO to stage your home to get it sold. . 1. First Impressions are Crucial Enhance Your Entry Buyers begin judging your home the moment they see it. Their impression starts at the curb, and continues through every room of your home Front landscaping is the first thing buyers see, and most likely serves as the first impression of your house. But you should Landscape everywhere---, patios and decks should be attractive, trimmed and maintained. Add some color and make sure it is clutter- free The other entry musts are -Update the front door with paint, color, and nice hardware. – add a nice mat and some potted plants or flowers. Which house says “keep on driving vs. “show me this house ?” 2. De-cluttering: Clutter can be one of the most distracting aspects of showing a house. it is a deal breaker for buyers. You want buyers to be able to focus on your home. Go one room at a time. If you don’t need it box it or donate it. We can't SELL it, if we can't SEE it! If they have to imagine it they won't consider it!! 3. De-personalizing: A few carefully chosen knick-knacks and family portraits may add warmth and character -- too many are a distraction. Anything that interferes with prospective buyers' ability to see themselves living in your home should be eliminated. Once it is for sale it is their home not yours. 4. Furniture: Less is more. Large, oversized furniture can makes rooms look smaller than they are. Small furniture in large rooms looks disproportionate. 5. Keep rooms true to their purpose: You may have your dining room set up as an office or a second bedroom set up as a craft room, but buyers need to see homes true to their purpose. They want to see the formal dining room that was advertised on the MLS. They want to see 3 bedrooms, not two and a craft or exercise room. 6. Let the Light In Natural light does wonders for a home and makes rooms more inviting. Make sure your window coverings are open during showings. If you have views, play them up! Light It up - Many homes are poorly lit which can deter buyers when they walk into your house. Don't be afraid of high wattage bulbs, and replace light-switch covers that are old, dingy or broken. . 7. Keep it neutral: It is much easier for the buyer to imagine putting their mark on a neutral room than it is to imagine yourself living in someone else's Moroccan paradise. Paint is relatively inexpensive so paint all garish, dingy, or stained walls and ceilings. 8. Removing Odors: All traces of food, pet and smoking odors must be eliminated. Even when you're sure they're gone, remove your pets, ashtrays and other clues from the home. If we can smell it - We can't sell it! 9. Thorough Cleaning: Clean from top to bottom. The basics mean having dishes and laundry done. Deep cleaning means cleaning carpets, removing stains, and scrubbing that bathroom, kitchen, - go from room to room until your home sparkles. 10. Hotel Inspired Bedrooms and Baths: Making them feel luxurious. You can do this inexpensively by updating your bedding and a liberal use of pillows, and of course make them light and bright and de-cluttered. Bathrooms can be made to look attractive just by adding lights, mirrors, and new fixtures.