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There’s nothing worse than walking into a house and being welcomed with a questionable odor. Homeowners get used to smells their home may have after living there for some time and don’t realize that others will notice any smell the second they walk in. Before your next home showing, make sure your client clears the house of any lingering odors and replaces them pleasant ones that inspire pleasing memories. Here are some ideas for freshening up a house with smells that will bring in the buyers: Light the way Candles …

Fall is here, which means home sales are typically a tad slower than during the previous few months. What does that mean for a hardworking real estate agent? You just got to work a little bit harder to sell those houses! Season-appropriate home staging is one of the most important things to focus on. Here are some ideas to consider. Lights, lights, lights As noted by ForSaleByOwner, it’s important to brighten up the home as the days get shorter. Leave lights on for visiting buyers –– don’t make them walk …

If you want to stage homes properly, you need to appreciate how the layout of furniture can impact a visitor’s impression of the home. In many cases, people can’t put their finger on what’s wrong, but they can sense a lack of symmetry and coherence when the sofas, chairs, tables and other pieces do not fit. This video discusses things to keep in mind when organizing furniture, including furniture height, the size of the room and whether to go with a single grouping or multiple arrangements.

Staging homes is crucial at all times of the year. A buyer’s interest is much more likely to be stimulated by a home that they can visualize fully furnished. There are usually season-specific considerations to staging, however. That is particularly true in summer, when buyers are paying more attention than usual to the outdoor opportunities afforded by the property. Here are a few things to consider when staging in the summer. Deck and porch Don’t leave a deck or porch unfurnished. Guide the buyer’s imagination of the possibilities it offers …