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How to Stage Your Home for Selling

Posted by CCE Bloggers on 8/29/2017 to General Home Decor
How to Stage Your Home for Selling

Are you looking to sell your home? Statistics show that homes in the United States stay on the market for approximately 65 days. However, you can find a willing buyer in less time by staging your home. Staging involves updating and presenting your home in a more attractive manner so it appeals to prospective buyers. Follow these five staging tips to get your home off the market and into the hands of a buyer.

#1) De-Personalize It

When staging your home, you need to remove all -- or at least most -- personal effects, including family photographs, trophies, etc. "De-personalizing" it helps buyers focus on the home itself instead of your personal effects. Of course, you should put up something in place of these personal items, such as paintings and artwork

#2) Clean the Exterior

A clean exterior is essential when selling a home. If the siding is dirty and covered with grime, it will undoubtedly turn some buyers away. Thankfully, you can clean up your home's exterior in just a few easy steps using a pressure washer. Even if you don't own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store. Or if this isn't an option, hire a professional to pressure wash it for you. The cost of professional pressure washing is a small price to pay for the value it adds to your home.

#3) Hide the Boxes

Being that most people who sell their home are also looking to move, they probably have boxes, lots of boxes. While stuffing a room full of boxes may seem harmless enough, it creates a negative image for buyers and discourages them from buying your home. Therefore, it's recommended that you hide the boxes by placing them in the attic or renting a self-storage unit.

#4) Touch Up the Paint

Another staging tip is to touch up your home with a fresh coat of paint. You don't have to repaint every room in your home; just focus on the key areas like the living room, master bedroom and master bathroom. With a fresh coat of paint, your home will look more attractive and appealing to buyers -- and that can help you score a contract sooner rather than later.

#5) Rearrange the Furniture

Finally, try rearranging your furniture to create a more attractive living space. Symmetrical furniture arrangements tend to yield the greatest effect for staging. With that said, however, you may want to remove some pieces from your home. If a piece furniture doesn't flow with the rest, it's probably a good idea to remove it. Alternatively, you should also remove furniture that's shows visible signs of wear (e.g. stains or torn fabric).

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