Seller Resources

Staging Your Home

When you are selling your home in Metro New Orleans, it's important to make your home look its best. Home buyers judge properties based on appearance and online listing photos, which is why home staging is crucial. From polishing up your front porch to finishing any procrastinated maintenance projects, we've got a few tips to make your home look its best.

These easy, low-cost strategies will not only help your home wow buyers, but can even end up increasing the value of your property. Let the Nugent-Freeland Team help you in your home-selling process, and use these helpful tips to get started! 

The Exterior

Boost Your Curb Appeal

While it's usually not recommended to judge a book by its cover, that's not true in the case of home buying. A buyer can make up their mind on the spot based on the exterior of your home. 

Get the outside of your home ready to impress — power wash the siding, repaint your mailbox, replace your house numbers, and tend to the garden. Even the smallest improvements will make a difference! 

Open up Your Front Porch

The porch is the first part of the home that a buyer will step foot in, so make sure it's tidy and welcoming. If you have room for any outdoor furniture, make sure it has been properly cleaned and polished. Consider replacing your welcome mat with a fresher upgrade, and maybe add a few potted plants to add a splash of color to your decor.

Spruce Up Outdoor Areas

Thanks to the relatively mild climate here in New Orleans, the weather allows you to hang out outside nearly year-round. Your potential buyers will want to know that the outdoor areas of your home are equipped for things like cookouts, gardening, and lounging.

Make sure you mow your lawn, tend to your garden, remove any objects from your yard, and make your outdoor space welcoming.

Cleaning & Repairs

Clean Out Clutter

Not only will a cluttered home stress you out, but it'll also stress out your buyers, and that's the last thing you want. Take the opportunity to pack up some of your less necessary belongings. Whether you put it in storage, donate it to a good cause, or host a yard sale, cleaning out clutter makes your home feel larger and more open.

Finish Maintenance Projects

The last thing a buyer wants is to inherit unfinished projects in their new home. If you've started — or want to start — any maintenance or repair projects, make sure you finish them up before you start showings. Plus, small things like refinishing your floors or replacing leaky faucets can up the value of your home! 

Use Some Elbow Grease

Cleaning is a simple step in preparing your home, but it can make a world of difference. Really get in there and scrub out all of the grungy grout, from deep cleaning all of your bathrooms to freshly waxing your hardwood floors. Since a buyer is walking through your home and inspecting every room, they'll be able to easily notice if it hasn't been cleaned in a few days. 

Interior Decor

Depersonalize Your Decor

The key to decorating to impress buyers is to avoid making it too personal. While you may like a certain color scheme, your buyers might end up being turned off by it, so stick to neutral colors. Also, don't forget to take down any family photos you have up, since buyers have a hard time imagining themselves in a house that looks lived in. 

Create Balance with Furniture

The way you arrange your furniture can set the tone for a whole room, so make sure you know what you want to convey. Is your dining room within view of a TV? Is the living room too cramped with furniture to move around? All of these things will affect how a buyer envisions their life in your home. 

The Final Details

Increase Your Lighting

Nothing boosts a mood quite like natural light, so throw open your curtains and shades and let the sunshine pour in! If the weather isn't nice enough to provide much light, then try switching out your bulbs for a warmer glow. Harsh and artificial lighting can have a negative effect on a buyer's perception of your home. 

Bring the Outdoors In

One great way to keep your decor neutral? Use house plants! Not only do plants give your room a splash of color, but they can also fill space in way that other decorations can't 

Plus, if it's a holiday or a specific plant is in season, you can take the opportunity to make your home festive. Use wreaths, gourds, and more to give your home extra color and character throughout the year.

Your Metro New Orleans Home Selling Resources

If you're ready to sell your Metro New Orleans home, then it's time to contact the Nugent-Freeland Team. From accurate home pricing to step-by-step guides, we offer a variety of resources to our clients. Give us a call today and let's get started! 

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