You’d probably heard a lot about how to prepare your home for staging; from magazines to television shows, and maybe even by reading the Flow Blog! But there are certainly some key things NOT to do when getting ready to sell your property, too.

Here’s a list of three things to think about:

1)      “I’m selling anyway; the next owner can fix XYZ…” If something in your home is broken or generally needs to be fixed or replaced, it’s definitely worth it to have the work done before you sell! Most potential buyers want a home to be completely move-in ready so they don’t have to do anything as they settle in. Something as simple as swapping out a wiggly door knob can go a long way.

2)      “No one’s going to look in the pantry!” It is, without a doubt, human nature to go ahead and open cupboard and closet doors during an open house or viewing to see how much space there really is inside. It’s essential to tidy up, even in those areas you think no one will be looking. Making sure any stored items are lined up and organized – from food in the pantry to coats and shoes in the closet – will show potential buyers that there is plenty of great storage available for all their needs.

3)      “It’s winter, I don’t need to do anything about the garden.” As long as weather permits, it’s a good idea to have a gardening or landscaping crew come in to tidy up the yard. It’s worth the cost to have them prune bare trees and bushes, take away debris and address any weather-related issues, including cleaning out gutters and washing the deck or patio. A well-kept outdoor space will add curb appeal to your property, and shows buyers that the yard work is easy to manage, even in colder months.

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