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May 6th, 2014

Top 5 Tips for Staging your Home

iStock_000016769348SmallThe concept of ‘staging’ – or expertly setting up your furniture and home decor for the purpose of selling your home – has gotten more popular over the last several years.  You can hire dedicated home stagers to come to your home and stage your existing decor – or even hire a company to lease you decor in order to make your home more appealing to buyers.  With the latter, your own furniture either goes into storage, or simply goes with you while you move out.

1. De-clutter: Similar to the infamous three words in real estate (location, location, location), there are also three words when it comes to staging: de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter.  Sometimes we feel a home is clean when it’s free of signs and dust and dirt, but you really have to go beyond this.

2. Remove unnecessary furniture: Experts say it’s best to remove 30-40% of your furniture during the staging process so that buyers can focus on the living space rather than focusing on how good or bad your decorating taste is.

3. Paint: If you have neutral-toned walls, you can usually get away with skipping this step.  But if you picked any bold or bright colors – like red or yellow – consider repainting to more neutral tones like gray or off- white.
4.  Think Curb Appeal: A potential buyer’s first impression goes a long way.  Ensure your landscaping is in top shape.  Lawns should be freshly mowed and leaves raked.

5. Clean and remove signs of pets:
We know it’s a pain to maintain a spotless home during the selling process, but it’s worth it. Take at least 20-30 minutes every evening or morning before work to make sure your home is clean.  If you have pets, it is important to do all you can to eliminate pet odors from the home.








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