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Home Staging Tips From A Pro

by Ronique Gibson

If you’re selling a home, putting up a For Sale sign and hoping for the best probably won’t be enough. In a sluggish real estate market where first impressions are everything, most homeowners must take extra steps in order to make a sale. For sellers trying to make a good first impression, home staging has become a popular way to increase selling price while decreasing time on the market. According to some pros, a staged home can bring in 6 to 20 percent more than the same home without staging.

Home staging, or arranging furniture and décor with the intent to properly showcase a home for sale, doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. A simple cleaning and removal of personal items can sometimes be all you need. According to real estate professionals, home staging isn’t decorating. In fact, it’s the opposite – it’s depersonalization and making your home seem like a place potential buyers can imagine themselves in. With these tips, you can home stage your home by yourself, without the aid of a professional home stager whose fees may not fit into your home-selling budget.

DIY Home Staging

If you decide to go it alone, the No. 1 piece of advice for DIYers is to ask for honest opinions from family and friends. Most homeowners are too personally connected to their home’s items. This connection may cloud their judgment when it comes to what should stay and what should go. Another good investment, according to most home stagers, is renting storage space. That way, you can free up space so buyers will have a better idea of what your home has to offer while also protecting your valuable documents and jewelry from the prying eyes of potential buyers. Baseboards should be visible, and your home should be welcoming and appealing to all who enter.

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Sell the Space, Not the Stuff

Potential buyers shouldn’t have to look past family photos and knick-knacks in order to see your home. In order to prevent buyers from being distracted, remove memorabilia and declutter public spaces. Some home stagers even recommend removing hanging mirrors so buyers don’t get distracted by themselves. Clearing the kitchen and bathroom counters of appliances and styling tools is recommended, especially since these rooms make the biggest impact on potential buyers.

If your home is clean, as it should be, maximize natural light by opening curtains and shades. If weather permits, open windows to let in fresh air – an added bonus since it can remove your scent, which can further distract some buyers. Lastly, turn on all lights so the house appears bigger and brighter.

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Though home staging may seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be if it’s performed well in advance. If you’re considering putting your home on the market in the future, there’s no time like the present to begin your home staging adventure. Visit our Pinterest board for visual examples of home staging done well. Happy home staging!