How to stage your home

In a buyer’s market, sellers need every advantage they can get. Home staging is an excellent way to highlight your property’s strengths. You can hire professional home stagers, or use the following home staging tips yourself.
Here are some tips to ensure prospective buyers feel comfortable and aren’t distracted:
• depersonalize your home by removing family photos, toys, toiletries, etc.;
• when decorating, paint in neutral colors so future buyers can imagine putting their own color palettes on the walls; and
• remove excess furniture and clutter — too much furniture makes the home feel and appear small.

Buyers are looking for the most amount of house for the least amount of money. To give the impression the property is upscale and luxurious:
• clean every inch of the house;
• update all fixtures such as cabinet hardware, ceiling fans or faucets;
• improve the lighting in your house with energy efficient bulbs for a warm and inviting atmosphere, aiming for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet;
• mix up your lighting options with ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall) lights;
• complete any unfinished projects — a house with a to-do list is a quick turn off for buyers;
• purchase slip covers, bed covers and color-coordinated towels to dress up your existing furnishings; and

• decorate with fresh flowers and candles — the smell of a home during an open house is almost as important as the way it looks.

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