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Home Staging Tips & Tricks

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Appearances are everything when it comes to selling your home! Preparation and presentation are key when it comes to staging your home to sell quickly and for top-dollar! Staging helps to highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers.

 

 

Below are a few of our best HOME STAGING tips to help you prepare your home to sell by making it look its best!

Say goodbye to dirt, grime, and clutter.

If you’re serious about selling your home, all clutter must go. Period. End of story. Clean off counters, declutter refrigerator doors, pack away knickknacks, and clear closets! This may require an off-site storage unit or a willing family member with some extra space, but we can promise that the inconvenience is well worth it! A clear and clean home equals more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly.

So-long stinky-ness!

Concentration on just the physical, visible selling points of a house can lead to the costly mistake of overlooking (ahem, smelling) the scent of a home.  The unseen, stinky funk of a property can not only hinder the selling process, but completely prevent it, as well. We wrote a whole blog post on this topic and you can read that {here}, but basically? When it comes to stink – get rid of it! Go for a clean, fresh, inviting, but not too strong scent!

Deep clean.

From clean baseboards, carpets, and gleaming windows to shining floors, dusted ceiling fans, and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest (ok, maybe not easiest, but certainly the cheapest) way to help your home show well. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff, especially if you have a large house. Don't skimp — this step is key!

If it’s broken, fix it!

You don’t want to scare away potential buyers with any necessary repairs big or small. So paint, patch, or fix! Tackle projects you’ve been putting off and do what needs to be done in order for prospective buyers to see the home as ready to move in and not a DIY project!

Let the light in!

Light and bright is what sells! Open curtains, pull up blinds, and wash those windows!

Rearrange and evaluate furniture. 

In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well. Pull your furniture off the walls and use pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area. But beware of too many pieces!

Too much furniture can make a room look too small. Eliminate extra chairs or tables that aren’t used frequently.

Neutralize and De-personalize!

Don’t get potential buyers get distracted by loud décor, bold paint colors, or anything that might be polarizing, such as highly personal, political, or religious items.

The best paint colors for home staging are taupes, beiges, whites and greys. If you have wall paper, funky accent walls or bold color on the walls, it is a good idea to neutralize it with these suggested paint colors. It is not to say that your funky taste in paint is wrong, it is simply too taste-specific, and in today’s market, you cannot afford to alienate the masses. The same can go for accent furniture, throw pillows, rugs and drapes. Think neutral walls, drapes and furnishing with pops of color achieved through throw pillows, rugs and fresh flowers.

Create maximum curb appeal.

Be sure the curb appeal of your home is looking good & that from the minute potential buyers pull up to your house they are interested. Mow the grass, edge the lawn, pick weeds, & be sure your shrubs and flowers are healthy. Seasonal flowers at the front door are a plus. Replace old door hardware and either paint or buy a new front door if needed. Invest in a quality doormat for a welcoming entrance. Don’t forget the backyard either! You never know what is at the top of your buyers house “must haves list” is & it could be a pretty backyard!

Ankeny Summerfest 2016: Part 2

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Welcome back to part II in our series highlighting ANKENY SUMMERFEST and some of our favorite/we-think-you-ought-to-know-about events!  As we mentioned last time, not only do we pride ourselves on being the “Ankeny Specialists” when it comes to real estate, but we’d like to think we know a little something about our community and it’s happenings, too.  So, without further ado, here are just a few of the, what we consider to be, can’t-miss events from SummerFest days 3 and 4 (July 9 and 10).

 

 

Read Part I {here}.

 

Saturday, July 9, is a day jam-packed with fun and activities for all ages and citizens with a wide variety of interests. 

 

● The day begins with a bang as the SummerFest Grand Parade takes to the streets of Ankeny at 9:00 am.  As long-time patrons, we encourage parade-goers to find a spot along the route early, come prepared, and be ready to be entertained!

● In its 18th year, the Cardboard Boat Regatta is among the most popular of SummerFest events!  The challenge to, “design and build a person-powered corrugated cardboard boat that is capable of racing, or at least floating,“ is not only exciting for participants, but is also highly entertaining (read: hilarious!) to watch.

● Once again, no SummerFest evening is complete without a stop by the Leisure Garden where Casey Muessigmann and Decoy will be performing on Saturday.

● Among much, much more, don’t forget to check out other Saturday events, such as: The Miss 16 Contest; Kiwanis Pancake Fest; Sand Volleyball, Slowpitch Softball, and Kickball Tournaments.

 

Even on its final day, SummerFest doesn’t let up on fun!  The events schedule is full, but a few of our Sunday favorites are:

 

● Family Fun Day.

● Ankeny Optimist SummerFest 5k/1 mile run.  This is the perfect way to work off some of that fantastic fried food from the midway that you’ve been consuming all weekend!  Even better?  It’s for a great cause!

● Fireworks!  The finale!  It’s a spectacular show...especially for those that choose to be up close and personal, viewing the fireworks from the Leisure Garden or Prairie Ridge Sports Complex!  These fireworks are the perfect way to celebrate another successful year of SummerFest!

 

And there you have it!  Our complete list of must-see/must-do 2016 SummerFest activities!  For the full schedule of events, details, and other general information, visit www.ankenysummerfest.org.

 

Now, we want to know, are YOU planning a trip to SummerFest this year?  If so, what’s on your list of can’t-miss events?

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