Staging a Home 101

You want your home to appeal to as many potential home buyers as possible. This will help sell your home more quickly and for the highest possible price. When prepping a home for sale, you’re going to need to organize. Start by decluttering and depersonalizing your property. This means any flat surface should have no more than three items on it and all family photos should be taken down. Why? Many buyers choose their new home based on emotion. You want the buyer to picture him/herself living in the property, not you and your family/friends. Being able to walk through a room without having to weave through furniture and toys is also important.

All small valuable items should be secured. Not everyone who visits your home will be a serious buyer. Some agents do not make the practice of pre-qualifying perspective buyers before having them preview homes. This is especially the case at open houses.

Now that your home is decluttered, depersonalized and valuables secured, your next objective is to show the home as spacious and inviting as possible, illustrating how each room can be used to its best potential. Adding some colorful paintings to the walls is a great way to add some life to a home without having to paint and usually works out better. Doing the dishes, setting the table, making the beds and keeping your home clean are some basic ways to show your home in its best light.

Sometimes a seller will want to call upon a professional stager who will bring in their own furniture and accessories. We can advise when this is helpful and whom to contact. Ultimately, it’s your call as to whether to bring in an outside resource to stage your home. As your agent, we’ll provide options and discuss ramifications. When we see your home, we’ll go to Staging a Home 201.

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