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How To Stage Your Home

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Blog by Mary Roy | December 14th, 2015

How_To_Stage_Your_Home v2.jpgIf you are getting ready to sell your home and you want to get your asking price, keep in mind the importance of its appearance. First impressions are important. You will want to make sure that your home is staged perfectly before showing it to potential buyers. Remember, the goal is to sell the home quickly without having to settle for a lower price. Consider the following tips on how to stage your home:

Depersonalize the Home

This is the most important thing to remember when deciding how to stage your home. Not only do you want to get rid of the clutter, you want to eliminate anything that is unnecessary and personal. You want the potential buyer to be able to picture the home with their belongings in it. For starters, keep furniture in the home to a minimum to create a spare look. You want keep the buyer focused on the room and its qualities, not on your knick-knacks. A sparsely furnished home can help buyers to move in mentally and to imagine themselves in the space.

It is entirely natural to put your own distinctive stamp on your home, however customization is not conducive to a quick sale. You do not want to have to wait for a buyer who happens to share your taste in decor.

Arrange Furniture to Make Rooms Feel Larger

Make sure that your furniture is positioned away from walls and group sofas chairs to create a clear traffic flow in a room. This will make rooms feel more spacious and open. The space will be easier to use as well.

Clean Everything

The main areas of focus should be your carpets, drapes and windows however, everything should be spotless when you show the home. Along with looking clean, it should also smell clean. A smelly home can create a poor impression that may lower the value of the home in the buyers’ eyes.

Light it Well

Good lighting is one of the tricks that professional home stagers use to make a home feel welcoming. One way to improve your home's lighting is to utilize higher wattage bulbs in your light fixtures. Also, have multiple types of lighting in each room to emphasize different parts of the room.

Use Paint Effectively

Along with painting any of your rooms that need it, you can also use paint to make rooms feel bigger. For example, two adjacent rooms painted the same color will often create the impression of a larger and more airy space.

Make Sure It Looks Good on the Outside as Well

Keep your home's curb appeal in mind. The exterior is an area where first impressions count. If your buyer does a drive by first, a good exterior can make them want to look inside instead of moving on to the next home. Start by power washing your driveway and your siding as well, if it needs it. Mow and reseed the lawn and get your garden looking good with healthy greenery and blooming flowers. 

When you’re ready to sell your home, don’t think of house staging as an overwhelming or time consuming task. Here at Mary Roy and Team we take care of the entire house staging process, from getting you a consultation with the best house stagers in the industry, to getting pictures taken for your house listing. For more information on how to stage your home, contact us at Mary Roy and Team