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home stagingYou are putting your home on the market.  Before the first potential buyer walks in the door, you will want to stage your home.  There are things every home owner can do to make their house more attractive to a buyer. Highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to prospective buyers with certain tips. Color can be incorporated in many ways, so don’t be afraid to use it creatively. From unique pieces of art to decorative pillows, a pop of color can really catch a buyer’s eye. Throw out old belongings that simply add to a clutter-filled home. Too much furniture is one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make. Consider arranging a few core pieces in your space and see the difference.

Floating furniture is a good staging strategy for the enhancement of traffic flow. Pull furniture away from the walls to create groups within a room and to help with the traffic flow in and through the space.  Shake up the room’s style and attitude by periodically moving furniture around and incorporating old accessories into your design in a new way. Letting outside light in can brighten the space and make the room feel larger. Most homes are improperly lit. Aim for 100 watts every 50 square feet in layers of ambient, task and accent lighting. Displaying art in traditional ways — in a circle at the same height around the room — can make it invisible. Leave the stereotype behind and display art in surprising ways. Odd-numbered groups of accessories, especially threes, tend to be more eye- appealing.

Clean your home.  It must be spotless.  It is a good idea to hire a cleaning service that gives your home that industrial type cleaning. Eliminate clutter.  This is often the hardest staging strategy to implement.  Remember, however, that clutter makes a house look smaller.  This is the last thing you want to happen when staging your home to sell.  Remove all objects that prospective buyers will not be able to identify with. Bathrooms should be squeaky clean.  Look closely at the carpets.  Do they need to be cleaned?

Lastly, first impressions are the most lasting impressions.  Curb appeal is imperative.  Clean up all beds and trim the trees.  Plant flowers, hedge bushes, and keep the grass mowed. Once you have accepted the challenge of transforming your home into a model home, you will find the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience it causes.

Source: “13 Home Staging Secrets.” HGTV  Front Door. Web. 02 June 2013.

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