By now you have probably completed (or perhaps just planned) cleaning, de-odorizing, de-cluttering, and de-personalizing the Montgomery AL real  estate you want to sell this spring, so you’re well on your way to success.   Now it’s time to think about staging your property, both inside and out, to appeal to potential buyers.

  • paintPainting:  It’s always best to have neutral walls as a basis for effective staging.  Note:  Neutral doesn’t have to mean tan or beige!  Check out colors such as a muted green, smoky grey, ivory, or a soft buttery yellow.  You can also use paint to create a flow between two rooms or areas and to create the allusion of light in a normally dark room.  While an accent wall can be effective in the right location, generally think of the walls in your Montgomery AL real estate as a backdrop for a setting of you creation.
  • Accessories:  Simple, colorful, and inexpensive accent pieces will make a big impression on the senses of potential buyers viewing your home.  Think about a grouping of unusual pillows for the family, living, and bed rooms, bright towel sets for the bath, soft throws or afghans on sofas and chairs, fresh flowers in the kitchen, or place settings of colorful dishes on the dining room table.  Lisa LaPorta of HGTV offers 30 easy and inexpensive suggestions for Montgomery AL real estate, as does in a slideshow or video format.

Exterior curb appeal:  The first thing potential buyers will see is the exterior of your home. Some will even drive by on their own before agreeing to a showing, so you’ll want to make sure your yard, porch, garage, and façade are well taken care of at all times. Clean out all of the leaves and debris that may have piled up over the winter, make sure your hedges are neatly trimmed, and that nothing is covering the exterior of your home. You want buyers to be able to see it clearly from the street.  Keep gutters clear and shutters, windows, doors, and screens clean and in good repair.  Make your home’s entrance colorful, well-lighted, and inviting, trim trees and hedges, and show off a clean, well-maintained driveway and sidewalk area.  Be sure to check out Better Homes and Gardens for many more great ideas—and pics!

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