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..... ' ---- ..... lWqill House staging helps create more appeal for buyers Mitch Selbiger completes specialist course at Del Tech Mitch Selbiger of Ocean Atlantic Agency recently received formal training in the art of stag- ing a home from local staging spe- cialist Judy Venturini. The staging course was held at Delaware Technical & Community .College and offered pertinent information and helpful tips on how to stage a home for sale. "This was my first introduction to the concept of professionally staging a home for resale," said Selbiger. "In this extremely competitive market, I want to offer my sellers the best way to sell their homes quickly and at the maximum flELBIGER selling price. "Professionally staging a home is one significant way of separat- ing their home from the many oth: ers that are currently on the mar- ket." By definition, staging a home is the process of preparing a home for sale. It has been called by many names, such as presale reno- vation, improving a home's condi- tion, decorating to sell, fluffing or showcasing. Staging a property involves cleaning, declutfering, repair and maintenance, neutralizing and de- personalizing. Sellers should consider not only cleaning the inside of their homes but the outside as well. Power washing the house and driveway are always good ideas. Sellers should pay close atten- tion to bathrooms and kitchens. A clean-smelling house is critical. Decluttering should include all countertops, especially the kitchen. Sellers should start packing away all unndcessary and unwant- ed items. Repair and maintain the outside of the home with groomed lawns, freshly mulched flowerbeds and colorful flowers. Inside, they should check for peeling paint and wallpaper and make sure all kitchen cabinets close and line up. They should also replace all worn carpet and flooring. When neutralizing and depersonalizing, sellers should keep all colors neu- tral and remove anything that reflects personal beliefs, such as religious, political or ethnic items. Some additional tips include giving the house a special touch: a punch of color on the front door, bright flowers in pots on the front step or a cozy seating area on the front porch. When focusing on the interior of the house, sellers should show- case a focal point in each room and keep drcor simple. Furniture should be moved away from the walls: bedding should be updated to include decorative pillows. Fresh, fluffy guest towels and decorative accessories should accent the bathrooms, and some bright silk flower arrangements will give the residence a model- home look and appeal. Selbiger has been the head list- ing agent for Paynter's Mill in Milton since 2005. In the coming months he plans to assist with the sales of the new Vineyards of Nassau Valley project (, an Ocean Atlantic Community in the preconstruction stages. Selbiger has recently completed his sixth year as a Realtor; he received his broker's license in 2007. To learn more about Selbiger, visit his website at or He can also be reached at 227-6767, Ext. 217, or at Ocean Atlantic Agency, 330 Rehoboth Ave., downtown Spring Sidewalk Sale is May 16-18 in Rehoboth The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce announced its 25th Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18; store hours may vary. For more information, call 227-2233, Ext.12. LIGHTNING STRIKES TO GAS PIPES CAN SPARK DANGEROUS FIRES CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 - 53 L/censed, HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING Hot Flash is a Heating & Air Conditioning Company, serving Delaware and surrounding areas. We Specialize in: Geothermal Heat Pumps, By Carrier Residential New Construction Commercial Rooftops Heating & Air Conditioning Duct Work Design Custom Fabricated Fittings Installation of Gas 90 Plus Gas Furnaces Heat Pumps R-22 R 410A (puron) 13 seer up to 29 SEER and EER (Carrier, Bryant, Payne, Climate Master) The most energy efficient Geothermal renewable energy, air to water, Carrier infinity units that can be controlled from miles away or even from your lap top, or your phone and give an energy efficien- cy rating (eer) of 29. We install the most efficient tankless, gas water heaters in the industry. We also specialize in the latest technology with ductless split heat pump units for those hard to get to places that need cooling and heating the most. We do one day replacements, that's a good thing when you are having a Hot Flash. Turn to the Experts. the world leader in air conditioning, heating & refrigeration systems Call Hot Flash at (302)853-2994 for Free Diagnostics and Estimates. We are family andveteran owned and we do not charge overtime fees. For more information go to