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10 Ways To Make Your House Show Like A Model Home in 1-Weekend for Less Than $200



 If you are trying to sell your home, then it really pays off to go to a little extra effort to impress your buyers.  There have been studies that show it takes buyers only seven seconds to decide whether or not they are going to buy a home once they set foot in a house.   That is why it is so crucial to make a good impression and also why “staging” a home for sale is important.

     However not all of us have the cash on-hand, or the time and energy to do things that are really going to flip your home over to the next buyer quickly.  For instance, not everyone has the cash to install a new jacuzzi complete with freestanding brass towel armer and new stone tile floors.  However, you might have the money to install a designer faucet, paint the walls and replace old iron door handles with trendy new crystal knobs.


     Here are some quick and easy ways to make your home show like a model home.  These are easy-to-do tips and the type of thing an interior decorator would advise you to do to help “stage” a property, so it is more attractive to buyers.  The goal of this top 10 list is to give you some hints on how to make your home show better than your competitor’s home on the real estate market.
Clear All Clutter
You can get rid of all the junk in your home for free.  Get rid of anything you don’t need, put it in your car and haul it away to the dump or Goodwill.  This means getting rid of “stuff” in the front yard, back yard, hallways and basement.  Studies have shown that people perceive clutter as   being indicative of a property that is decrepit or not worth much money.  

     One thing in particular you need to get rid of is ashtrays.  People consider houses that have been smoked in to be less desirable and smelly.
Look around your yard.  Are there things lying around that are no longer of use?  These are the types of items you should collect up and throw out.
Even things you are actively using should be tucked out of sight before a house showing.  This means clearing your kitchen counters of appliances like grills, blenders, or anything else that takes up counter space.   Outside you should make sure that you garden hoses are coiled up, your birdbath is clean of leaves and that you do not have sports equipment or bikes laying around your front porch.  
How to Handle Pets
     If you have a dog or cat send them away for the day.  Hide the litter box and any evidence of its aroma.  Make sure there is no dog feces in the yard.  This type of thing, along with the smells can convince a buyer that there are allergens and mites in the house.  
Children | Toys & Stuff
Get rid of strollers on the porch
 Inflatable kiddy pools and any toys that may be lying around. As well as baby gates and no handprints or crayon drawings on the wall. 


Clean Up the Front Yard and Porches
     The front yard and Porch is very important as that is what a buyer will see first as they approach the house.  Make sure the grass is cut or snow is removed and that everything is in its place.
     If you need to—reseed the lawn and plant a few decorative bushes (in the warmer weather).  It also does not hurt to spruce up the front door with a coat of paint and replace the house number plates and the door knocker with a newer version.
     It also helps to get ride of dead trees or bushes that may be in the yard.  Many people associate that with bad luck or a lack of caring for the property.

Get Rid of Sunken Paving Stones
The path to your front door and the driveway are very important.  Sunken paving stones or missing stones looks messy.  It is easy to buy new stones, level them and redo pathways.  Curved pathways look for contemporary than ones that are a right-angles.
 Paint Rooms That Need It
      If you have a wall that looks scratched up, beaten or damaged you are well advised to paint it.  This can go a long way towards making a home look pristine.  You should also make an attempt to plaster any holes, cracks or crumbled parts of walls prior to painting.  
 Replace Some Fixtures
      If your chandelier or light fixtures look dated, replace them. 
You can also make a home look more contemporary and look like 
it’s worth more by simply making a few cosmetic changes like change with light switch plates or electrical plates to the designer version.
Change the Faucets and        Spouts
     Sometimes you can make a kitchen or bathroom look glamorous simply by changing out your old faucets and spouts for modern new ones.  There are lots of different styles on the market that can instantly transform a sink into a contemporary masterpiece of design and many of these fixtures are relatively inexpensive and can be easily installed.
 Provide Flowers & Greenery
      If you have cleared all the clutter, then you should have a home that looks more simple and kind of Zen in nature.  One way to augment this air of designer sophistication is to put flowers or vases of tall grasses in every room.
     For instance, if you have a dining room table; it is a good idea to put a display of fruit or flowers on the center table to make it seem more glamorous or traditional.  It is also quite chic to place a small display of flowers or bamboo in the bathroom. A rose floating in a bowl of water looks nice reflected in a dresser mirror in a bedroom.

It’s been proven that if an item for sale makes some kind of impression on the nose then people are also more likely to buy it.  That is true for small ticket items, but it is also true of big things like an entire house.
     One of the tricks that professional real estate agents use
is to simply bake some cookies in the oven so the scent of freshly baked cookies fills the air as potential customers walk in the front door.  This gives the home a more cozy, I’m at home effect.


Of course, if you do have some money to invest in preparing your home for sale, you can hire a professional stager to stage your home for you.  The benefits of this are usually a faster sale and more money for your property!  A good stager will have a supply of furniture and accessories that will make your home look better.  A home stager can also offer an objective perspective on exactly what it is that can make your home look fresh, appealing and attractive to others.  
     With an eye for design and just a few hundred dollars you can usually fix up your home so that it is more appealing to buyers all by yourself. ??
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We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

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Sidney Wyland Lisa Kelly was our realtor that helped us with our move from Utah to Lakeland. She is a very good resource for us in Lakeland and helped us buy our new home. We found Lisa on the internet. She has helped us with all the contacts and scheduling to insure all things here went smoothly. The closing on our home was completed on time which was very important as we had are household goods being delivered from two different states. She also continues to be there for us for any referrals or help we may need here locally. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying a home.

 

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Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee and Frankie Brown

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill and Patricia Crabb

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill & Patricia Crabb

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee & Frankie Brown

01/03/2017 - shunter317 Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $175K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is an exceptional agent as she knows real estate law and the local market. She communicates and is extremely responsive to her clients questions and needs. She walked us through a complicated contract. We consider Lisa a new friend.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 08/09/2016 - HappyBuyerNEOH Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $225K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I highly recommend Lisa Kelly! She was awesome to work with through the whole process. Her communication and promptness went above and beyond my expectations. Working in the mortgage industry, I see all types of realtors, if you want a genuine, awesome, go getter- she is your girl!

 

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Highly likely to recommend 10/27/2014 - jessbparker Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $75K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I cannot say enough about Lisa Kelly. She helped my husband and I buy our first home when we had limited funds and difficult circumstances. She is extremely knowledgeable about homes, market, taxes- anything you could want to know. She is also an excellent advocate for her clients during negotiations, which really came in handy when you're a nervous first-time home buyer.Less

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/22/2014 - par167 Bought a home in 2014. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa Kelly is the hardest working woman I know! If you are in the market to buy or sell take it from my personal experience she delivers results!In Polk County or anywhere else for that matter you will be hard pressed to ever get better service. Paul Renner.....

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/25/2012 - user027478 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $275K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is the most professional realtor I've ever worked with... she's direct, honest, highly-knowledgable, very responsive and a consummate professional. She played fundamentally important roles in helping us to sell our house in a tough market. She's a hard worker and also gave us great advice and we were able to sell after listing for about 30 days. She then helped us find and close on our dream home. Her persistance and negotiating savvy helped us buy a house that was not a very convential listing. If we'd had an average realtor, we'd have been a lot less successful with both our deals. I'd recommend Lisa to anyone who wants to work with a genuine professional. She could write a book on what it takes to be an outstanding service provider.

 

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02/09/2012 - Alyson7707 Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $125K in Bartow, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: We absolutely loved our experience with Lisa.. She is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to finding the home of your dreams. We couldn't be happier with the home she found us or the time we spent with her--she made the experience exciting and easy. We do not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family and will absolutely work with her in the future. Thanks again Lisa! -Michael & Alyson Elrod

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/08/2012 - AimeeWeed Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $100K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa was always quick to respond to my questions. I honestly think that my family and I would not be in this wonderful house without her hard work. She is honest, not afraid to give her opinion in a helpful way, and she is very knowledgeable in all aspects of her job.

 

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Wonderful wonderful experience. Lisa is what I call a dream maker. I had the dream, and she made it a reality.Lisa's hard work, her quick response, her compassion in knowing I was a single mom purchasing my first house, has earned my loyalty in using her as my realtor for life.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 03/09/2011 - reedswife11 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $75K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: This woman is amazing, we have run into every road block imaginable and she has negotiated our problems quickly and effectivly everytime. Always available and Always puts her clients first

 

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