The Staging Life: Is it Time to Spruce up Your Curb Appeal? 


By Nan Johnston, The Staging Life

When it’s time to place your house on the market, we all want the largest $$$ we can get! Curb Appeal is a high priority in perceived value to a buyer and is worth the time or expense to get it right.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  1. Clean, clean, clean!  Pressure wash, touch up paint, clean out flower beds, rake up fallen leaves, pine cones and pick up fallen limbs or debris.
  2. Remove over grown bushes, trees or plants. Although labor intensive, removing and replanting with fresh smaller plants will go a long way in a buyer’s eye. They don’t want to move in and start that project and the house that has already removed that task from the “honey-do” list will get more consideration.
  3. Freshen up the front door with paint, stain or varnish and get a new door mat. Stay away from holiday or seasonal prints, until after MLS photos are taken.
  4. Evict your unwanted tenants: mama birds, spider webs, wasp or dirt dauber nest. They don’t pay rent, so get rid of them.

The main thing as a seller that you want to do is make your yard and house look easy to maintain and appealing to buyers.

For more ideas on how to increase perceived value in your home, contact me …


Nan Johnston is a professional home staging consultant from Newnan with over 30 years experience in the real estate industry. Check out her website for some interesting before and after photos at

Leave a reply