On Stage -A Field Guide to Selling

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What can you do to prepare a house for sale?

“Banish the clutter! Trim the bushes! Hide your Star Wars collection! Take down the family pictures!  Here are tips, hints, thoughts and ideas for sprucing up, cleaning out, decorating, staging, creating a great first impression and making a house appealing to buyers.” (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)

  • Put trash bins out of site
  • De-clutter and create clean surface areas
  • Remove personal items
  • Freshen up that landscape and maximize your first impressions
  • Clean the windows (wow- what a difference that makes)
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working (including the one above the stove)

The same advice would apply to preparing your home for the professional photos that we include as part of the sale process. A full article with links to additional staging stats and stories can be found here at this link, compliments of the National Association of Realtors. Here’s one reason NOT to bother reading too deeply on this topic…. you may not have to! We’ll walk you through ways to make the best impressions and get the best price for your home.

We’ll take care of staging for you!

The team at Buy-Boise Real Estate Group has the equivalent of a secret weapon, when it comes to staging a house for sale. Her name is Gale. We bring her in to help advise you on which personal effects to remove or move. She’ll shift around your own furniture in ways that might make you want to stay. Yes, she makes it look THAT good!

We’ve seen it make a difference. A house without staging requires imagination to generate the “wow” response that a nicely staged house can generate on its own.

Gale Napier, Home Staging Specialist Photo

Gale is Buy-Boise’s home staging specialist of choice. We bring her in before the photographer and then wow our clients as well as the buyers shopping for a home in Boise.

If you’re considering having an agent sell your single family home, don’t hesitate to ask about the finer points of the marketing and sales preparation. These points are:

  • Professional photography
  • Professional staging
  • Helping you “prepare for the parade”

Preparing for the parade

Preparing for the parade is sometimes simply cleaning, carpet cleaning and doing an exterior cleanup to enhance the curb appeal. Other times, there’s painting or repairing to do. See the bottom half of my home-selling secrets blog for more about the parade, and why it’s important to impress, if you and I haven’t already talked about it one-one yet.  http://fosterboise.com/home-selling-secrets

“You will be surprised at how much larger your kitchen will feel and look once you remove extraneous items. Use this same technique to clear off your major appliances and wipe them down clean to reveal their controls and finish,” as divulged on  Realtybiznews.
A neat, clean and staged kitchen makes a difference.


Next Step – Pro Photos (We take care of that too)

The photos are an extremely important part of your listing. That’s why we professionally stage first, and hire professional photography next. People do a lot of “window shopping” through the windows on their computers these days, and if those photos don’t look good, your listing won’t make the cut when it comes to setting up a buyer’s tour and viewing potential properties with their agent. Notice how all the lights are on in the photo above-  including those above the stove and below the cabinetes. Lighting is the most important element in photos.

HOT TIP FOR BUYERS! If you see a listing that might appear better in person than on the listing due to mediocre photos but great specs, add it to your tour and check it out in person. In this market, the reduction of competition helps (sellers with bad photos are accidentally weeding out your competition for you).

Thanks for reading!


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho &Sherri Battazzo Boise