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PO Box 175
So. China
207-445-4323
www.adamsrealtyme.com
info@adamsrealtyme.com

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Should you hire a professional Stager?
Maine Stager provides home staging and remixing for homeowners and realtors. Staging is one of the best investments you can make when selling your home, we can help you maximize the return on that investment. Friends and clients all agree that home staging can transform and help you sell your home and therefore help you change your life.

ABOUT SELLING

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
"Staged homes typically fetch 7 % more than comparable unstaged properties and sell twice as fast", says Home Magazine.

  • Cleaning and de-cluttering: Remove personal items; freshen air and get rid of odors (pet, food); remove clutter from furniture, counters and all areas of the home; organize closets; polish woodwork and mirrors; clean the inside of all kitchen and bathroom cabinets and neatly organize items on shelves; clean windowsills; doors should be oiled and squeak-free; empty trash cans, recycling bins; make sure cabinets and drawers can open completely; keep baseboards clean and dusted; keep bookshelves, entertainment units organized neatly; keep shower curtains fresh and free from mildew, keep stairways and corridors clear; make bathrooms sparkle; sinks, toilets and tubs should be immaculate; remove appliances from kitchen counters.

  • Home staging: Add fresh flowers; removing personal items; reduce clutter; rearrange furniture; add new props or furniture to enhance rooms; hang artwork in walls; clean fireplace and prepare with logs for display and consider lighting up the fireplace during the colder months; clean out the entry closet and put only a few hangers so that the buyer can visualize winter coats; hang extra clean towels in the bathroom for your guests; have beds made; take pets up away from home during showings; open drapes/blinds to allow light in; remove all unnecessary articles in basement or attic; remove magnets, photos and notes from refrigerator; remove personal possessions, like photos, trophies and mementos; stage garage - clean up oily floors, straighten tools and other equipment.

  • Lightening and brightening: Open windows; clean windows and skylights inside and outside; replace old curtains; remove other obstacles from windows blocking light; repair lighting fixtures; make sure window open easily; clean all switchplates; clean skylight for leaves and other debris; increase the wattage of bulbs to maximum possible wattage; make sure all outdoor lighting works; prune outside trees/bushes to allow natural light inside; turn on all lights so home is well lit during showing; wipe all light fixtures with a rag and cleaning solution; at night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting.

  • Paint outside of home: Fresh coat of paint around exterior of home and garage; paint door and doorframe; paint shutters; paint window ledges; repairing damages to chimney; paint or re-stain fence; paint or replace mailbox; paint over any rust spots or streaks on downspouts; polish door handles and knockers; remove rust from railings; repair holes in gutters and repair any separations from eaves; repair or replace shingles or tiles missing from the roof; seal cracks on porch and remove any standing water; secure railings and seal or paint as necessary.

  • Landscaping: Mow front and back yards; add bark mulch; rake and remove leaves, branches and debris; plant bushes and colorful flowers; add planters and hanging plants; water lawn and plants; remove weeds and dead plants; manicure existing plants; powerwash, re-paint or re-stain a deck if the wood is worn or mildewed; repair damaged, rusty or bent fence; paint or stain if necessary; keep the firewood neatly stacked; keep trash area clean and organized; keep walks, steps and driveway obstacle-free ; remove signs such as Beware of Dog; put welcome mat at the doorway.

  • Repair Plumbing: Update leaky or old faucet spouts and handles; repair leaks under bathroom or kitchen sinks, laundry room pipes; toilets should be in good working condition; remove mildew stains; all drains should be clean and free flowing; have your well or septic inspected or cleaned; inspect, clean and change filter of furnace; remove mildew stains and repair any loose, crumbling caulk or grout around tile and tub areas.

  • Update electrical: Update electrical with new wiring for modern appliances and/or Internet and other audio/visual equipment requested in homes today; door bell should work; service sprinkler systems; fix lights and outlets that do not turn on; mnake sure outlets are safety approved.

  • Painting interior walls: Fresh coat of neutral paint in rooms throughout the house; remove dated wallpaper; whitewash dark paneling; paint front door; have leaks repaired and watermarks covered; Add new wallpaper if the current wallpaper is torn or withered and make sure it adheres to the wall; worn woodwork like stairwell railings and doors should be repainted and or stained; make sure that cracks in ceiling/walls are repaired.

  • Repair damaged floors: Patch, repair or replace hard wood floors; clean and wax linoleum; replace missing tiles; re-grout tile floors; eliminate creaks in floors; if you decide to replace a linoleum floor, choose a neutral color that will have wide appeal; replace worn out vent covers.

  • Replacing or shampooing carpets: Steam carpet thoroughly; replace worn carpet; secure carpets to floor; stretch and tack down any loose or curling carpet; eliminate creaks in floors under carpets by driving nails into creaky area; if you have pets hire a professional to deodorize carpets;do not sweep things under a rug or carpet - should lay flat on the floor; remove carpet if there is hardwood beneath it.

  • Update kitchen: If the appliances are included with the sale of your home, make sure they are operating and have proper documentations such as warranties and repair information; if appliances are dated or not functioning, consider replacing with moderately priced appliance; repair damaged counter tops; fix cupboard doors; repair broken shelving or pantry; fix hardware like doorknobs and cabinet handles; repair any water damaged surfaces or areas; garbage disposal should work properly; paint, touch-up or refinish kitchen cabinetry; tighten or replace loose doorknobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors and drawers and wobbly hinges.

  • Update bathrooms: Update moderately priced bathroom fixtures; sink; toilets should function properly; fix leaky faucets; repair shelving and towel racks; add new towels and mats; repair vanities and mirrors; clean sliding glass shower doors; replace shower curtains; re-caulk damaged caulk on shower, sinks, tub or toilet; clean tile; replace toilet seat; if there are missing or damaged tiles, have them replaced; make sure sinks are clean and stain-free.

Call Our Office: 207-445-4323 Adams Realty PO BOX 175 So China, ME 04358


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