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To Stage or Not to Stage? That Is the Real Estate Question!

To stage or not to stage? That is the true real estate question. Yes, you can pay someone or a company to stage your home when you are getting it prepared for the market; however, with a few simple steps, you can stage a gorgeous home for your future buyers.

  1. Remember you are preparing a space for others to visualize themselves occupying it. Therefore, depersonalize, depersonalize, depersonalize! Photos, prized artwork, treasured knick-knacks, books, and other personal items need to go to storage or out to the garage. Making your current home a neutral property creates a space for others to “see” their furnishings and treasures throughout the home.



2. Get to work on those repairs you have been putting off. Some home owners even hire an inspector to go through their home for a pre-inspection before listing. This helps curb any surprises that may arise from a home inspection once the property is already under contract. A good rule of thumb is “If it is broken, fix it.” This preemptive measure may save some steps (and headaches) along the way.

3. Remove bulky pieces of furniture to make the space look larger. This method particularly applies to main living spaces such as the living room and master suite. Also, clean up and clean out the notorious “junk” or “catch-all” room. Again, you are creating vision for the future home owner.

4. Before showings, let there be light! Open blinds, shutters, and curtains to let the natural light pour into the space. When possible, leave your lights on throughout the home (including porch lights for later showings). Turn ceiling fans on low to create movement and “feel” to a room, and make sure to have either an odor neutralizing system or scent plug-ins throughout the home.

CALL US for assistance. The Alice Maxwell Team visits thousands of homes each year. We know what sells and are ready to help you to the closing table! 205-292-4546

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Alice Maxwell

To know Alice Maxwell, Top Agent in Tuscaloosa AL, is quite frankly to love her. Vibrant and charming, she’s one of the region’s most successful REALTORS®. When asked about her sales, she sheepishly says, “Honestly, I’m not sure. I just take care of people. That’s what I love doing.” – Top Agent Magazine A Tuscaloosa Native, it’s this passion for people and knowledge of her hometown that has made Alice Maxwell a top REALTOR® in the Tuscaloosa area since 1993. She is quick to say, “I eat, sleep and breathe real estate. I love taking care of people!” It’s no surprise that clients quickly become lifelong friends, making her business one that is built on personal relationships, personal referrals and corporate relocations. By employing the latest technologies and marketing strategies, Alice does everything possible to ensure her clients’ properties are positioned and marketed for success. She and her team are committed to aggressively marketing their client’s listings, as well as finding the perfect home or condo for their buyers. To further assist her buyer’s need, she has a trusted network of professionals from inspectors, contractors, handymen to loan officers. Devoted to giving back to her community, Alice can often be found hammering at a new Habitat for Humanity house or feeding a group of students from Collegiate Recovery Community. She has served on the United Way Board, the Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Board of Directors for Capstone Bank, and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. She also serves her alma mater, The University of Alabama, as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Women of the Capstone, and Human Environmental Sciences Leadership Board. After earning her REALTOR® license, Alice earned her CRS, ABR and GRI designations. Since becoming a principal in Keller Williams Realty Tuscaloosa, she has participated in extensive training--recently completing Keller Williams’ signature training program, BOLD. Her knowledge of the industry paired with her knowledge of the Tuscaloosa market allows her to offer the highest level of service to each client. Because of her training and hard work, she has been named REALTOR® of the Year, and won the Arthur B. Pope award from the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors. Alice is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and together they are parents of Anne, Davis and Stuart. In the spirit of the Maxwell tradition, all three children have pursued individual careers in different spheres of real estate. When not busy with real estate, Alice and Johnny are often found spending quality time with their five grandchildren, their dogs, close friends or Alice’s 89-year-old mother, Dee. It’s a full and busy life! Alice probably sums it up best saying, “If you had told me years ago that I would be where I am today, I wouldn’t have believed it. I just know that I work hard and I believe that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

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