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If you’re preparing to sell your home, you’ve probably heard the term “staging” thrown around.  Staging your home involves creating a space that potential buyers want to make their own.  Your home will essentially “speak” to them.  With appropriate staging, you are much more likely to sell your home in a short period of time and for the price you want.  Here are 7 home staging tips to help you create the perfect environment that will call out to potential buyers, and make them want to make your home theirs.

Eliminate the Clutter

We all have stuff that we’ve collected over the years.  They might be knickknacks that you have displayed in a curio cabinet or it could be a few extra pieces of furniture.  You could have a cabinet on which random things collect.  You might love all of your unique items, but they tell visitors that the house is already occupied.  They need to be able to envision themselves there.  Excess clutter also gives buyers the impression that your house doesn’t have enough space.  Remove anything you can live without and don’t bring anything new in unless you get rid of a couple of other items.

Along with clearing up clutter, take a look at your floors.   Finish any unfinished hardwood flooring.  Any missing floorboards should be replaced.  If you have carpets, have them steam cleaned.  Not only will this give your carpets a fresh look, it can help to eliminate pet odors.

Rearrange the Furniture

You’d be surprised at how much bigger you can make a room look with a bit of strategic furniture rearranging.  Don’t shove your furniture up against the walls.  Instead, float pieces away from the wall and organize them into groupings.  This can be especially effective in the living room where you can organize furniture in a group optimized for conversations.  Just make sure that traffic flow is obvious.

You can also move some pieces from their traditional locations and give them a new purpose.  An armchair from the living room can make a great addition to a large master bedroom.  An often ignored small table can be placed in front of a window and decorated to be rebranded as a writing table.

Transform Extra Rooms

If you have a room that just seems to be a catchall for random junk, now is the time to get creative.  Turn the “junk” room into a room with a purpose.  Depending upon its size, you can turn it into a reading nook, an office or even a spare bedroom.  You don’t have to go out and buy expensive furniture to do this.  You can use some of the extra furniture and pillows you have around your house.

Lighting

Lighting can go a long way in making your house look warm and inviting to prospective buyers.  The problem is that most homes are not lit properly.  This can be fixed quite easily by increasing the wattage of the bulbs in your current fixtures.  You should also aim for a mixture of overhead (or general), task and accent lighting in each room.

Make Some Updates

Now, you don’t need to go crazy with major updates.  A few small updates here and there, though, can make a huge difference.  Paint is one way you can do this.  Neutral colors in the living room can instantly update outdated finishes.  You are not limited to whites or off-whites.  Tans and even softer blue/green colors in a larger area can completely transform a space.  Try a darker tone in a bedroom or dining room for a more intimate feel.  If you aren’t comfortable doing the entire room, aim for an accent wall to bring attention to a cool feature like a fireplace or built in bookcase.  Painting smaller rooms, such a small kitchen and a small dining room, the same color can help to make the area look bigger.

 

Along with fresh paint, take a look at your cabinets and cupboards.  Do they give away the age of your home?  You don’t have to install brand-new cabinets and cupboards just to generate more offers.  You can simply replace the doors and the hardware with something more modern.

Accessorize

A little bit of accessorizing can make your home feel cozy and appealing.  There are a variety of ways to do this.  For one, you can get creative with wall hangings.  Rather than hang them in a straight line at the same height, stagger them.  Accessories on tables are preferable in odd numbers.  Group similar items together, but make sure they vary in height and width.  Decorate tables with fresh flowers from your yard.  You can also transform your bedroom simply by adding rich linens and soft colors.

Don’t Forget the Outside

So many people focus on staging the interior of their home that they forget about the outside.  Declutter and clean up the yard.  Small porches can be enhanced with a welcome mat and a few potted plants.  A larger porch can be more appealing with a couple of pieces of furniture and some lights.  A back porch, deck or balcony can be dressed up in a similar manner.  A few cozy rocking chairs or a porch swing, a dining table and chairs, and a hammock in the back yard can give off the impression that your home is a quiet, cozy place to be.

 Staging your home gives your potential buyers a glimpse into the possibilities that the house has.  They are afforded the ability to really imagine the home as their own.  With everything appropriately staged, your home is likely to sell quicker and for the price you want.


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