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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Selling a house? Home Staging 101

In recent years, home sellers have been looking for more ways to protect their bottom line - including listing and staging their homes themselves. Staging gives your home the best opportunity for an incredible presentation to future owners and is definitely an asset to selling as quickly as possible and getting that acceptable offer! The number one question to ask yourself when staging is "does this still look like MY home?". You want to invite potential buyers into the space and allow them the opportunity to view it as though THEY are living there. While you can't remove the essential pieces of your lifestyle (furniture, kids' toys, etc), personal photos on the walls and shelves, piles of mail and to-do lists, and even daily use toiletries cluttering the bathroom vanity need to find a hideaway when you have a showing.

Here are some home staging do's and don'ts!


  • Re-paint any rooms that are dark or painted in an overly personal color. 
  • Make a bin labeled for each room that where you can easily toss clutter items or daily "stuff" that you need to use (but doesn't need to be in sight during a showing) just before potential buyers come over. Stow these in the garage during the showing.
  • Replace dark lamp shades with white/light shades to introduce more light
  • Give each room a purpose. Show the buyer how THEY can live in the home, not how you currently live in it. 
  • Organize the closet (especially in the master). If your closet is cluttered, it screams that there's not enough storage space (even if there might be plenty!). The easiest way to do this is to go ahead an box up the clothes & shoes you will be moving anyway that are currently out of season. 
  • Declutter, declutter, declutter! Consider having a close friend come over and give you an honest opinion as to the level of clutter. What may seem neat and organized to you, may seem like a mess to the next person. Remember: This friend is HELPING you sell your home faster. It's not personal! :-)

  • Do any major renovations. This is not the time to get into expensive renovations or replace appliances. (If the appliances come up as a major issue for potential buyers, negotiate around it. Lower the purchase price or offer credits to help them get what they want)
  • Don't block natural light (remove heavy curtains and move furniture that may be in front of a window)
  • Don't take it personally (another reminder!). It may be tough to move out of your home for personal reasons, but now is the time to detach. It's time to switch to "business mode". Emotions can keep you from staging properly for great showings and can put quite a wrench in negotiations!
  • PLEASE don't stay in the house or leave your pets running free when potential buyers are coming over. Your presence makes them more likely to shut down and view the home from a "polite" eye or rush through it. Taking your pets with you or even putting them in a kennel in the garage allows people to enjoy the space without feeling like they're invading someone else's home. The idea is to make it feel like it's theirs! 
  • Don't neglect the storage spaces (aside from bedroom closets, linen closets, pantries, garages, and attics all need to be organized). Again, evidence of clutter or packed spaces indicates that there isn't enough storage. 

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