Staging

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    Online is Where Buyers Start!
    The majority of home buyers start their search online, so it’s important to make the first impression count! Follow these tips to prepare your home the best real estate photos possible.
    GENERAL. 
    Tips for All Areas in the Home
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    Interior tips
    • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean counter tops and windows)
    • Replace all burnt out light bulbs
    • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
    • Turn all ceiling fans OFF
    • Turn all TVs OFF
    • Turn all computer screens OFF
    • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape / object photographs)
    • Place all shoes / jackets in closets

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    Exterior Tips. Online “Curb Appeal” and a Relaxing Oasis

    Front Exterior
    Online “Curb Appeal” – the front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see. Close garage doors

    • Remove cars, bikes, etc from driveway and front of home
    • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
    • Remove empty planters
    • Use a broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
    • Remove visible water hoses
    • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.
    • Put trash cans and recycling receptacles in the garage if possible

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    BACK YARD
    The back yard should be an oasis to relax…

    • Remove cars, bikes, etc from driveway and front of home
    • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
    • Remove empty planters
    • Use a broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
    • Remove visible water hoses
    • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.
    • Put trash cans and recycling receptacles in the garage if possible

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    KITCHEN
    Sometimes the Focal Point, the Kitchen, Deserves Attention to Detail 

    • Clear counter tops completely. NO knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
    • Leave out max of one small appliance (eg. coffee maker)
    • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
    • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
    • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

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    DINING ROOM / TABLE
    Allow Buyers to Imagine a Nice Family Meal

    • Clear table, dust, and polish the table top
    • Use decorative place settings if available
    • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
    • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
    • Remove child seats / booster chairs

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    LIVING / FAMILY ROOM
    The Space to Enjoy Conversation and Spend Quality Time with Family

    • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
    • De-clutter fireplace mantel / hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
    • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
    • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
    • Remove kid’s toys

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    BEDROOMS.  Rest for You and Guests

    Master Bedroom
    A good night’s rest recharges the body and mind

    • Make bed, including decorative pillows / shams if available
    • Press bed linens and bed skirts
    • Clear nightstands of all personal items
    • Store away phone / tablet charging cables
    • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
    • Remove family photos from walls
    • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos
    • Close closet doors

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    KID / GUEST BEDROOM
    Don’t forget about the guest bedrooms

    • Remove personalized names from walls
    • Remove wall stickers / posters
    • Remove diaper genies
    • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

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    BATHROOMS
    To Be Spa-like, the Bathroom Must Be Clear of All Personal Items

    • Clear counter tops completely NO soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
    • Put toilet seats down
    • Close closet doors
    • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from the showers and tubs
    • Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels
    • Remove floor mats

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    PETS
    Pets are Loving, But Their Presence Should be Minimized

    • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
    • Place pet beds / toys in pantry or closet
    • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
    • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
    • Clear back yard of pet waste / toys

    NEED HELP?
    Staging Helps Provide Top Dollar and a Quick Sale.
    Selling your home is like selling a product – it must be marketed correctly to reach a specific buyer. Although your furnishings and decor are great for your lifestyle, it’s important to optimize your home for the future buyer. Please contact us if you are interested in hiring a home staging professional!

    WHAT TO EXPECT
    Expectations During the Photo Shoot.
    The house should be ready to shoot when we arrive. It is not necessary for you to be present for the photo shoot. We want the photos of your home to be the best they can be. This requires teamwork and cooperation that will result in an outstanding online presence when your home goes LIVE on the market. Once the Adam Merrick marketing program is launched, your photos will appear on numerous sites for maximum exposure.