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How to Stage Your Home for Maximum Appeal

To sell your home, you need to stage it. Doesn’t it make sense that buyers can picture themselves in a clean attractive space, over a dirty, crowded one?

Stage Your Living/Family Room

  • Use throw pillows and blankets to accentuate the room with color and character.
  • Use the rule of symmetry, with throw pillows.
  • If you’re changing slipcovers, curtains, or whatever else, make the new alternative light and airy.
  • Remove a piece of furniture (or more) if you need to to give the room a bigger, more open feel.
  • Arrange your furniture to have purpose; direct chairs to face each other for ease of conversation.
  • Add lamps for a calm ambiance.
  • Clean up your fireplace and mantel, including the screen if need be.

Stage Your Kitchen

  • Clear the countertops, except for possibly a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers.
  • Wipe away any food, stains, or fingerprints from all surfaces.
  • If needed, re-paint or re-stain your cabinets.
  • Take about half of your food out of the pantry and cabinets. They will feel more spacious. Also, organize the food you do have left.
  • Clean the insides of your cabinets.
  • Take away the refrigerator decorations.
  • Empty trash and move it out of the line of sight.
  • Set each place at the table with attractive place settings, and a pretty center piece such as flowers. You can do this in the dining room as well.
  • Pack up all the dishes, glassware, cookware, and flatware, except one attractive set of each.

Stage Your Bedrooms

  • Hide your valuables away.
  • Make the master as gender-less as possible.
  • Remove some things from each bedroom. Less is better than more.
  • Pack up last season’s clothes to make your closet seem bigger. If you have a bunch of mismatched, eyesore hangers, then take out every other kind except for the most attractive, and only display those.
  • If you have an extra bedroom, you can turn it into a room with another purpose, like an office, crafts room, or rec room.

Stage Your Bathroom

  • Scrub down every surface- especially if there’s grout that looks dingy; if necessary, re-grout any parts.
  • Get streaks off of the mirror, faucets, and hardware
  • Fix anything that needs it, like loose towel racks, leaky faucets, etc.
  • Remove clutter-anything with brand labels on it, or that distracts the eye from the rest of the bathroom.
  • Add in some “spa-like” qualities, like candles, baskets, plants, and more.
  • Spray your bathroom with a scent, or light a candle, beforehand. Sometimes we go “nose-blind” to things that we smell every day.

General

  • If needed, re-paint a wall that’s dark and/or stained.
  • Fill in patches and holes in walls.
  • Wash your windows on the inside and the outside.
  • De-personalize your home; take down family pictures and other personals so that buyers can picture themselves living there.
  • Be sure to create nice curb appeal for your house.

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