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Staging 101: Your Guide to Simplifying Home Staging

September 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s no secret that buyers judge homes based on the way they have been staged during showings. Many homeowners worry that they need to invest in updates, remodels or revamps in certain areas of their home before putting it on the market. But I’m here to tell you that preparing your home for sale doesn’t have to cost a great deal of time or money. Before you decide to embark on a remodeling project, take a look at a few of these tips that are sure to wow potential buyers without a costly price tag.

Clean Up the Clutter

Many times when we think of clutter, images of disorganized papers, household items, clothes and materials pop into our heads. But oftentimes, one of the major contributors to a cluttered looking home is too much furniture. Do an experiment of your own, and see how much bigger and cleaner your home looks when you remove some of the bulkiest pieces of furniture. Unnecessary pieces can go into storage until it’s time to move. You don’t have to go on a crazy removal spree. Just be conscious of what things in your home you can and can’t live without while it’s on the market. Reposition the remaining pieces in such a way that the traffic can flow easily throughout the room.

Lighting Tricks

Lighting can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your home. Increase the number of task and accent light fixtures in your home. Swap out your bulbs for models with higher wattage. As a result, your home will appear more warm and inviting to visitors.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting a room in a warm, neutral color is a simple way to make a space look updated and fresh. Think beyond beige; today neutral colors can include certain soft yellow, green or blue hues. The key is to select a color that enhances the space without drawing attention to the walls. To make a room appear larger than it actually is, you can choose to paint two adjacent rooms the same color. That way, both rooms will blend together to create the illusion of one giant space.

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