Staging Your Home to Sell

Whether you are selling your home on Conesus Lake or one of the surrounding counties, you may be asking yourself, "How do I stage my home to show in it's best possible light to prospective buyers"? Below are some seller tips to make your home beautiful and to get buyers coming back for a second look!

1. Get your realtor involved.  They have much knowledge in this area and can steer you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have.

2. If your home is vacant, furnish only the main rooms: living, dining and family room.  Bedrooms tend to be self explanatory layouts.  Need the furniture to stage with?  Pick up items at thrift stores and yard sales or borrow from a friend.


3. Do you need to paint?  Keep your colors neutral in all rooms.  However, if you have a key architectural feature such as a fireplace or a big bay window, consider a pop of color on that wall to give new focus to that important feature.

4. Do you have low ceilings?  Place tall 5-6 foot branches in a narrow vase.  You can also hang your draperies from a rod hung close to the ceiling. This will give the room a “lift”. You can now buy drapes in 96” and 108” lengths.

5. Pay attention to lighting.  Use good quality light bulbs.  Using bulbs with warmer hues is a plus.

6. Get rid of outdated decor and clutter.  Silk flowers and old curtains are a thing of the past.  A simple thing like updating the numbers on your house with ones that match the architecture can make a big initial impact.

7. Fresh flowers and a bowl of fruit give the house a warm and lived in feel.  Place a simple folded newspaper and a coffee cup on a tray near a loved chair.  These simple things can create “home”. 


8. Boost your curb appeal.  Things like power washing, blooming plants, a mowed lawn and clean windows will help lure the onlookers into taking a second look.


9. Clean, clean, clean.  This is the easiest and cheapest thing you can do to make a great first impression of your home. 

10. Do you have pets?  Make sure to clean and vacuum thoroughly.  Steam clean carpets if necessary to get rid of that pet smell and stains.  Hide their toys and bones while people are touring your home. 

If you would like more information about staging and selling your home, please contact Dawn LoPresto @585-794-6887 or check out the available homes in the area.

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