Setting The StageTo Sell
Staging is the Single Most Important Trick up the Sleeve of Any Homeowner Looking to Sell. Tips from Amy Matthews, Home Improvement Expert and DIY Network TV Host www.scotchblue.com www.diynetwork.com
Tis the season to put your home back on the market, especially if youve been waiting out the winter, and the down market, before giving it a chance to sell. Prices are climbing again, so theres no time like the present. But what will help your home sell, rather than become one of the many that just sits on the market?
The experts call it staging and its the practice creating a mood or prompting an emotion in prospective homebuyers, to give them a sense of what it would feel like if they lived there. Staging, by way of a new coat of paint, some strategically placed accent pieces or furniture pairings, some new inexpensive window treatments, makes your home look bigger, brighter, cleaner, and warmer. It makes home buyers want to buy it.
Research shows that well-staged homes sell approximately 32% faster and 3 to 10% more than un-staged homes. Amy Matthews, host of the DIY Networks Sweat Equity will be available for interviews on June 4, 2010, to offer staging tips to homeowners about to put their homes on the market this summer. Shell discuss:
Painting: Colors and techniques
Window treatments: Theyre worth the money because they can refresh the entire space
Seasonal accents: Liven up a home, add instant charm, and make a space feel loved, not lived-in
Upholstery facelift: Freshen pieces so they looks like new furniture
Finding hidden treasure: Using things you already have in the attic or basement to add a point of interest
Amy Matthews is a licensed contractor and host of Sweat Equity, Bathroom Renovations, 10 Things You Must Know and the new season of Blog Cabin on the DIY Network. Amy has been featured on the pages of The Family Handyman magazine and worked with Country Living magazine on its House of The Year project. In 2008, she journeyed to New Orleans in support of Habitat for Humanity Internationals Jimmy Carter Work Project.
This interview is provided by 3M.