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10 Steps for Staging your Tuscaloosa Home


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When listing your home, your top goal will be to get the property sold quickly for the best price possible! There are many small things you can do to help this happen. Here are The Gray Group at Keller Williams Realty’s top ten tips for staging your Tuscaloosa home for sale.

  1. Boost curb appeal so people will want to look inside! First impressions are so important. Mow and edge the lawn, plant blooming flowers, add mulch to the flower beds, and pressure wash sidewalks and the exterior of the home.
  2. Get your home sparkly clean. Clean like you’ve never cleaned before! Don’t forget about ceiling fans, windows and blinds, baseboards, cabinets, and doors.
  3. Check the aroma. An odd or bad smell can be a deal breaker! Don’t smoke in the home, eliminate smoke or pet odors, air out home before all showings by opening doors and windows, and burn a candle or add a plug-in.
  4. Clear away all clutter. It’s not easy, but it is worth it. Remove unnecessary furniture, clear all surfaces, clean off the refrigerator, and reduce the number of family photos. This allows buyers to imagine themselves in the space.
  5. Take a good look at your floors. Steam clean carpets, steam tile and grout, and get hardwood and vinyl sparkling.
  6. Use sophisticated neutral colors. Stick with rich neutrals such as beige and mocha. If a room needs painting, PAINT! Paint is a fairly inexpensive way to make a good impression on a buyer.
  7. Are there any signs that this is a pet’s home? Be sure to clean and remove kitty litter, pet toys, and bedding.
  8. Clear your closet’s clutter. Closet space can be a make-it or break-it selling point for buyers. Give excess things the heave-ho. Aim to have 20-30% open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.
  9. Make your home inviting. Replace any and all burned out light bulbs. Replace any light fixtures that don’t provide enough light for the room. The brighter the room the better!
  10. Set the mood by opening draperies or blinds. If you have time, bake some cookies and have a warm and welcoming aroma throughout the home. Turn on all the lights. Lights are inviting.


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