First impressions are everything—especially when it comes to home viewings.

You want your home to look its best for buyers who come in for a showing. Homes that are clean and well maintained are more likely to attract buyers than homes that have been neglected.

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Follow these 4 tips for staging your home and make the most out of your house showings:

Boost The Curb Appeal

Did you know that curb appeal can boost your home’s value and attract buyers?

Cleaning up the yard, power washing the sidewalks and siding, fixing the gutters, and sprucing up paint all go a long way in making the house look good and give guests a good first impression.

Let In Natural Light

A dark home is a dreary home. When staging your home for potential buyers remember to open the blinds and shades to let natural light into the home. This will make living areas look much bigger and more inviting than rooms that are dark and lit with only artificial light.

In addition, natural lighting in the home makes the home look more flattering in real estate photos.

Deep Clean Everything

Whether you are still living in the home or not, you will need to deep clean your home. There is a huge difference between a home that is “clean” and “show ready”. Show ready homes need to shine and really show off their best assets.

That means getting carpets professionally cleaned, cleaning window treatments, dusting, and cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator.

Even if the home is a fixer-upper you will need to clean inside and out as much as possible to give the buyer a good idea of what it will look like upon restoration.

Remove Personal Items

Personal photos and artwork from the kids aren’t as endearing to would-be buyers as you might think. Buyers need to be able to see themselves in your home so it is important that you depersonalize the space.

When your home is scheduled for showing you can store personal items out of site in storage bins in areas that are out of the way, such as the back of a closet.

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