You want to sell your home? There are certain tricks you can do to spice it up and get the buyers interested. Aside from just a few tricks, experts say you need to make sure, “the meat of the house is in good shape.”  First, let’s tackle what experts, refer to as “staging.” This is basically, showcasing the best side of a home to create interest and help you get top dollar.

First up, make room. Clear out as much furniture as you can. Put it in storage, give it to charity or have a garage sale. Too much stuff looks cramped and cluttered. You want it to look spacious. Next up.  Clear out your counters. Go through the house and clear off all the horizontal surfaces like kitchen and bathroom countertops. Old magazines? Toss ‘em. Knick-knacks? Pack ‘em. Counters need to be clear and clean. What about the smell test? A home should smell good. That means no noticeable odor, no pet scent, no stale cooking smells and no cigarette smoke.

Next, you must make your home ageless. There’s a difference between an old house and a classic home.  Keep everything fresh and up-to-date. Also, let there be light. If the whole house is dark, that’s a problem. So open the blinds. Turn on all the lights. Add lights in rooms that are dark. Also, avoid controversy. If you have a deer head on the wall, you might want to take it down. It will be a turnoff to some buyers. Lastly, keep it clean. This means, no dust, cobwebs or trash.

Ok, now that you know the top staging secrets, let’s talk a little about the “meat of the house.” This means, make sure kitchens and bathrooms are sparkling and up to date. Also, is your foundation free from problems including cracks? These are all deal breakers that local realtors see daily. Next up, how’s the shape of your roof? If you have an old, asphalt roof you absolutely have to repair of replace it. This is a no brainer for inspectors. Here’s the deal regarding asphalt, it’s a popular option because of it’s price and availability but it’s shelf life is only 10-15 years! Yes, this means you will have to replace it often. Metal roofing is fast becoming a popular roofing option because unlike asphalt, it will withstand even the worst inclement weather. Plus, inspectors say it’s the last roof you’ll ever need. Erie Construction of Evansville, Indiana is a trusted leader in the industry and we’d love to show you why metal roofing has become the “go to” roofing option for thousands of homeowners!