LOVELAND – As the saying goes – “all the world’s a stage” – so here’s your chance to play your part with these spring home staging tips. If you’re looking to sell, these helpful recommendations might just give you a leg up in the market.

Make a good first impression
First impressions can make or break the deal. If you even want to get your buyers to step inside, you need to make sure that your property looks attractive from the outside first. A landscaped and manicured front lawn and some flowers on the front porch will go a long way in setting the stage and creating expectations.

Pack up your winter wardrobe
Step up your spring cleaning game. I’m sure you’ve taken the time to make sure the windows are clean and the place looks fresh, but what about those closets? Everybody wants BIG closets! The fewer clothes you have in them, the bigger they will appear. So grab those non-essential items and pack them away for the season. Who needs a reminder of winter this time of year anyway?

Add bright colors
While you’re at it – you might as well remove any reminders of dreary winter days. Brighten up your home with some color! Drapes looking dull? Replace them with some richer hues. Add a pop of color with some throw pillows. Bring some warmth to any room with some fresh flowers. It’s amazing what a bouquet of brilliant tulips or vivid exotics will do to enliven the space.

Light up the space
Maximize the appearance of natural light wherever and whenever possible. Pull up the blinds, raise the shades – let the room be illuminated with outdoor light. Keep it airy with some light colored window curtains or breezy valances. Basically, let the sun shine in.

And one of the most important spring home staging tips is to make the yard entertaining

That’s right – just like when it comes to first impressions – making your home appealing on the outside is just as important as it is on the inside. You want your buyers to envision themselves hanging out and entertaining in the yard. Create a seating area, plant flowers, add a bird feeder – do whatever you think will make the outdoor space inviting, habitable and homey. There’s more to a home than just the house – make your yard a place where people want to hang out and socialize.

There you have it… a simple plan to set the stage for success. Play your part by ensuring that your property wows from entrance to exit with these practical spring home staging tips.

Suzanne Plewes is a Broker Associate at RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland. For real estate questions write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537,  call 970.290.0373 or e-mail [email protected].