Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger - RE/MAX Executive Realty

Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 11/1/2013

Thinking about selling your home? Want the secret to selling your house faster and for more money? If you answered yes to both of these questions, look no further. Staging is the answer! It is statistically proven that successfully staged homes sell faster and for more money than unstaged houses. The time you invest in strategically decluttering, cleaning, arranging and appropriately accessorizing your home directly correlates to your success on market. If you have six hours or six months, every minute dedicated to staging counts. If you are planning on selling your home next spring, THIS fall is the perfect time to start preparing. The items you purge today are items that you do not have to pack, transport and store at your next home. Summer is just a recent memory. Before your patio furniture is packed away, take the time to edit, clean, recycle, donate or sell your excess summer items. Badly stained lawn chairs, worn beach towels, and broken beach umbrellas take up space and decrease the value of your house. Once you sort through your summer clothing and furnishings, you are ready to work concurrently with the seasons. Now is the time to access fall décor, clothing, sports equipment, dishes, cookware, china, crystal, and serving dishes. Winter is the perfect time to evaluate holiday décor, bedding, blankets, rugs, window treatments, winter accessories, table linens, toys, winter clothing, sleds and skates. Give yourself permission to purge broken, dated and worn hand-me down items. In addition, let go of all pieces with negative emotional reminders attached to them. Sadly, in the midst of hastily preparing a home for market, perfectly good pieces are often discarded due to a lack of time. These excess items have potential to earn you money via a consignment shop, eBay, Craigslist, or yard sale. Moreover, these items could aid many worthwhile charity organizations and provide you with a tax deduction. Selling or donating seasonal items during the appropriate season will also yield higher monetary profit in resale. By starting your “spring” cleaning this fall, your to-do list next spring and future move will prove to be much less stressful. If you find yourself not knowing where to start or if you need help with identifying a list of action items you need to “complete in order to compete” in the housing market, please contact me at Visit and for additional staging information and to view my photo gallery.