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Top Home Staging Tips for Home Owners - Get the Most Money for Your Home!

April 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 98

Staging your Home

A staged home will always sell for more, and much faster, than one that isn't staged. It is important to put yourself in your potential buyer's shoes. If you can't picture yourself creating a home and settling into a place, you will definitely be less likely to buy or invest money into it. Creating a welcome environment that paints a picture for potential buyers, so that they can easily see what life in the home will be like, will be a huge advantage when selling your house.

Staging a house is more than simply cleaning, tidying, and performing basic repairs. It is a bit more thoughtful; for example, rearranging furniture to accent features of the house will make the rooms appear roomier. Staging involves highlighting aesthetic features and the potential of the home for prospective buyers.

Here are some examples of things you can do to prepare your home, beyond the standard cleaning and repairs:

Remove clutter. Start by removing excess junk and messes from the tabletops and floors. Keep all the tables and counter-tops clear and tidy. Clean floors and surfaces add "air" to the room, making it seem much bigger. Remove personal notes, letters, and family photos from the fridge, bookshelves, and fireplace mantles. Seeing notes and pictures of your family can be a bit of a turn off for people coming to check out your home. Remember you want the buyer to see themselves in the home, not you.

Rearrange your furniture to allow easy flow and access in the room. Take out any unnecessary furniture to clear up space and make the room seem bigger. Reposition the furniture in such a way that clearly demonstrates the function of each room. Make the rooms as open as possible.

Change out your light bulbs to higher wattage or brighter bulbs. Add lamps and light fixtures to brighten up the rooms and add more light. A bright, happy looking room is much more appealing than a dimly lit one, and it will put your buyer in a better mood. Don't forget to open up all of your blinds and drapes!

In your bathrooms, hide all toiletries and personal items from view. Try to keep your cupboards and drawers organized and relatively empty. Once again, the buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the home.

Keep all of your clothes off the floors and put away in organized spaces. Also, taking some items out of your closets will help them seem more spacious.

Make your bed. It's crazy what a difference such a simple chore makes. A tidy bed will make the bedroom appear more inviting and relaxing.

Clean your windows to keep them crystal clear. Wiping windowsills and blinds is also a good idea.

Use a few simple decorations or accessories to highlight desirable features such as fireplaces, built-in shelving, Jacuzzi tubs, big kitchens, etc.

Hide your old, outdated, or worn furniture and upholstery with slip covers. Replace or hide your old, raggedy towels, bedspreads, and blankets.

Make your home appealing to the biggest audience of buyers. Use neutral colors and simple decor to help your home appeal to the largest group of home buyers. If you're a funky decorator, this may mean you might have to dial down some of your colors or eccentric decorations for a short time to appeal to more people.

Keep your roof clean. Clean, moss-free roofs are a huge selling point. Seeing moss on the roof might make the buyer question its stability and longevity.

Mow your lawn on a regular basis. Lawn care and landscaping play a big role in a buyers decision to purchase a home. If it appears to be in good order and low maintenance they will feel more comfortable making a purchase. Depending on the house, a fresh paint job may be a good idea to make it look more appealing. Trim the hedges, plant some flowers, and set up your furniture for the season. You want to make your house look picture-perfect.

Staging your home adds thousands of dollars to it's value. If you leave this article with one valuable piece of information it should be this:

If your potential buyer can't picture themselves making a home in your house, they will not be interested, especially in paying top dollar.

Help your buyers see the potential in the house and all the reasons they absolutely NEED to buy it.

Pat Pflager Owner, CEO

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Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!

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