Consumer Watch: Staging your home in a buyer's market

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 5:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- If you are trying to sell a home you know that it's a buyers market. This makes home presentation crucial for sellers.
 
Staging starts outside first impressions are crucial. Mike Puckett is a real estate agent with firsthand knowledge.

"I had my house for sale and the people who bought my house actually said to me we were driving down the street and we saw you home and my wife said that's the one i want without ever seeing the inside, that's the one," said Puckett.
 
The scenario presented by real estate agent Mike Puckett doesn't always play out that way, but bad curb appeal is always a mark in the negative column. Now there are businesses to help you with exterior home staging. The goal is making your home stand out from the rest of the block.
 
The formula is fairly simple, and a power washer is a great place to start.  You can use a power washer on both a sidewalk and roof. Then clean and tidy your yard with some weeding, trimming and planting. The yard work should be topped off with fresh mulch. Clean windows, fresh paint and good lighting are a few other things you can do on your own.

"If you are on a budget and you don't want to spend money on this project the good news is that it can be very do-it-yourself. So step across the street and look at your house from a distance and think about ways that you can make it look clean and simplify it," said Angie Hicks from Angie’s List.
 
Angie Hicks says real estate agents have reported to angie's list that points of entry are also big draws for buyers. So if your front door or your garage doors look shoddy, you may want to consider painting or replacing them.
 
If you have a consumer issue you’d like WHAS11 to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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