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      In a competitive housing market, how do you prepare your home to elicit an "I LOVE it!" response from buyers who are touring many properties?  How do you make them fall in love with your home?

      The first step to promoting interest in your property is to create curb appeal. Start by cleaning up your yard and driveway. Plant seasonal flowers for color, rake leaves & branches and keep tools & toys where they belong.

      The next step for an irresistible home involves the minimalist approach of "de-personalizing" so that buyers can respond to the essential features of the house without being distracted by evidence of your ownership.  Personal memorabilia such as family photographs, awards and trophies, collectibles and pieces of much-loved but mismatched antique furniture should be placed in storage or tucked away.

      Decorate your home for showing as if the buyers are esteemed guests.  Place your best tablecloth and a fresh floral centerpiece on your dining room table.  Adorn the beds with your most elegant linens and refresh bathrooms.  Build a fire in the fireplace and play soft music.

      Collaborate with a real estate agent you trust to get your home ready for its date with the new owner!

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Comment balloon 7 commentsSamantha Nichols • October 01 2008 10:28PM


Hi Samantha - Making a home look its' best is that much more important when we are in a challenging market. Every home needs a competitive advantage. A home that is in rough showing shape will suffer tremendously.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Samantha, all great ways to prepare a home for sale. Love your last line, "date with the new owner." That is exactly what it painted a good picture for the home seller.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 10 years ago

Presentation is critical in the current market and yet still overlooked by many sellers. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Good reminders!  

Posted by Linda Sticklin (Home Staging & Organizing) over 10 years ago

I agree BILL, thank you!

Thank you, GENA. Always looking for ways to take the sting out of this market for sellers.

So true, LINDA. I try to help at least stage rooms for photos to help as much as possible. Even if it doesn't stay that way!

Posted by Samantha Nichols, Massachusetts Real Estate Specialist (ERA Belsito and Associates) over 10 years ago

Hi Sam, Great words of wisdom!  I agree with the "date" phrase and hope you don't mind if I steal it from time to time :)  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Posted by Jem Woods, Marble Falls TX Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty - Marble Falls, TX) over 10 years ago

Samantha, I like the idea of "De-personalize". Unfortunately, many sellers pay no attention to this.

Posted by real estate real estate over 10 years ago

This is all great advice.  Sometimes it is hard convincing sellers that their taste may not be for everyone, but atleast I can get them to remove pictures of themselves and family and friends will get rid of alot of the clutter in some of my listings....


Posted by Ted Komenda (Dunhill Group) over 10 years ago