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Staging to Sell

Staging Your Home to Sell

We've listed some affordable and easy ways to improve the appearance of your home and get it ready to sell.  These measures mostly apply to getting rid of clutter, organizing items and landscaping to improve curb appeal.  

  • Clean every surface until it shines.
  • Get rid of strong odors including pet smells. 
  • Burn a candle to give off a pleasant smell (don't leave unattended)
  • Pick up dirty clothes.
  • Don't leave dishes in the sink.
  • Take all unnecessary things off the counters.
  • Paint walls, trim and ceilings.  Use neutral colors and keep adjoining rooms the same palette to create a larger feel and better flow.
  • Use slipcovers on sofas to make them look newer and to match other furniture.
  • Use bins, baskets, containers and shelves to put away and organize stray items.
  • Replace door and cabinet knobs that are loose or mis-matched.
  • Put in brighter light bulbs the make each room appear lighter.
  • Open up the drapes and shades to let in natural light.
  • Polish hardwood floors.
  • Put a new carpet pad under the current carpet to make it feel cushy.
  • Run a dehumidifier in the basement to eliminate any moisture.
  • Weed and spread fresh mulch on flowerbeds.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Trim shrubs and bushes
  • Buy a new welcome mat.
  • Hide valuables, personal items and information.
  • Have a yard sale to get rid of excess cloths and clutter.
  • Add potted plants, repair damaged walkways and repaint the front door.
  • Re-stain decks and porches.
  • Rent a storage unit to create more space on the interior of the home.
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Barbara Carter
RE Associate Broker
Century 21 Alliance
Realty Group

203 Main Street
New Paltz NY 12561
Cell: 845-505-3160  

2015-2016 Century 21 Centurion Award
2014 Century 21 Quality Service Award
2015-2016 Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Award
2015-2016 Century 21 Presidents Producer Award
2015-2016 Hudson Valley Magazine "Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent Award"


It's important to know oneself when choosing a realtor. Knowing that my wife and I would be buyers that need a patient and highly responsive agent, we met with several experienced realtors before choosing Barbara Carter. We chose Barbara in part because of her excellent reputation and in part because of her extraordinary knowledge of the mid-Hudson Valley market. But most of all, we just knew that Barbara had the warm and conscientious personality we could work with. In every way, Barbara exceeded our expectations. Ours was a two year process to find the right home. We started with one idea and ended with a very different one. Dozens of properties were visited. Throughout the process, Barbara was remarkably patient, carefully listening to and responding to our evolving criteria. She was quick to bring newly listed properties to our attention. If we had questions about a property, she was quick to get us answers. Property after property, Barbara never wavered. When we found what we wanted, a number of complexities unfolded. Most were unexpected and many would have rattled a less experienced realtor. It is here that a buyer wants a real pro, and Barbara skillfully guided us through the details of a very challenging 6 month offer-to-closing process. Often she did much more for us than her professional duties required. From the first day we started looking for a home to the day of closing, Barbara never missed a beat. She is a total professional . Eugene Lebwohl
Having Barbara Carter as your Realtor is equivalent to the ultimate professional, successful, and pleasurable real estate experience. My house was on the market with another agency for over a year and no offers were achieved. When Barbara became my agent; a marketing report was generated within days, proper pricing was achieved, and three bids were received within the first week. From the first days of showing to the actual closing on the property, Barbara was brilliant and enthusiastic about all matters related to the sale of my home. Her attention to detail, knowledge of the market conditions, willingness to share her wisdom, high standard of ethics, and generosity of spirit are the best I have ever experienced. Barbara Carter receives my absolute highest level of recommendation. Marda Reid
It was our great pleasure working with Barbara.Barbara is very professional, informative,honest hard working and all the good qualities.She will get you a beautiful home for your money in a nice environment. Barbara had found a dream home for me and my husband in a short period of time.She did not only sold us this house she chose a home that she likes for herself too. We fell in love with the house and made our decision the first time we saw it.I would highly recomend Barbara she is the BEST.Thanks again Barbara. Deneise Clacken
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