Addition By Subtraction

Just like staging a home’s interior is mostly about subtraction, not addition, improving a home’s curb appeal is usually about paring back.

Most common task: cutting back overgrown landscaping that obscures the home’s curb appeal.

In this case, removing this Fern Hill duplex’s window awnings (above) was a 2-for-1: 1) it punched up the dated curb; and 2) it made the interior lighter.

Click here to see what the duplex looked liked virtually staged.

P.S.: there can be a hitch removing awnings from older stucco homes, which is why some owners hesitate to do it: the stucco may require patching afterwards.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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